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Director | Designer | Theatre Maker

SHIRA HELENA GITLIN

 

ABOUT

Shira Helena Gitlin is a director, deviser, designer, and theatre maker. Shira's primary goal as an artist is to create and participate in collaborative, positive environments that emphasize identity, intersectionality, and creativity. As a director, Shira is drawn to all forms of music theatre and is interested in pushing musical theatre to new limits. 

Shira’s directorial debut was a production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Hampshire College—the school’s first musical in 10 years! The show was well-received and paved the way for future musical theatre studies within the college. Following this, Shira was hired to direct Shrek the Musical at Mohawk Trails Regional School, a combined middle and high school located in rural Massachusetts. Shira has also directed several smaller shows, including Body Talk, a series of monologues, and Follow, a devised play about grief and memory.

In addition to musical theatre and directing, Shira has experience as a sound designer and musician. Shira has worked on traditional sound designs as well as devised shows. While in college, Shira acted as the assistant director and sound designer for a devised piece entitled 48 North. The show had no live actors and instead involved audio recorded on cassette tapes for the audience to find and explore. Shira worked with the show from its inception to ensure that the sound design was holistic and fully realized. 

In the summer of 2017, Shira worked with Honest Accomplice Theatre as an assistant director and stage manager for ReconFIGURED, a devised production focusing on the narratives of women and transgender individuals. The play is based on personal experiences of those involved, and focuses on bodies that are invisible or conversely, too visible, to the public eye. 

Shira is currently the Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage Company and will serve as assistant director on Bright Star in April 2020. 

BA in Directing with an emphasis on Musical Theatre, Hampshire College
Graduate of the Arden Professional Apprenticeship Class 26
Proud member of Ring of Keys

Shira is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts and uses they/them/theirs pronouns.

 
 

DIRECTING

SHREK THE MUSICAL

March 2017

Mohawk Trail Regional School
Music Direction: Amy Crawford-Roberts
Sound/Lighting: Sam Whitney

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

December 2016

Hampshire College Theatre
Music Direction: Maddie Williams
Lighting Design: Dani Aldrich
Set: Nancy Michaud

FOLLOW: A WALK IN THE WOODS

May 2016

Amherst College Theatre
Devised with Denzel Wood, Benjamin Kissinger, and Naajia Muhammad

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ASSISTANT DIRECTING

BRIGHT STAR 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

May 2020

SpeakEasy Stage Company
Directed by Paul Daigneault

RECONFIGURED 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER

August 2017

Honest Accomplice Theatre
Co-Directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan

48 NORTH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER

April 2017

Hampshire College Theatre
Directed by Dani Aldrich

 

DESIGN

MONEY PLAY
PROPS DESIGNER

April 2015

Hampshire College Theatre
Directed by Will MacAdams

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
SOUND DESIGNER

Sept - Nov 2013

Hampshire College Theatre.

STAPLES PLAYERS
SOUND DESIGNER/TECHNICIAN

Sept 2009 - June 2013

Sound Crew
Senior Manager (2012-2013)
Crew Head (2011-2012)

Shows: Into the Woods, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Bye Bye Birdie, Almost Maine, Brighton Beach Memoirs

 

DIRECTING RESUME

Updated as of November 2019

 

GET IN TOUCH

Full professional and design resumes available upon request.

 

"I move through the fear because it doesn't strike me that there is another option."

Rachel Chavkin