Director | Deviser | Theatre Maker

SHIRA HELENA GITLIN

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ABOUT

Shira Helena Gitlin is a director, deviser, dramaturg, 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 musical theatre, plays with music, and pretty much any other art form that involves sound or music - particularly rock, folk, and bluegrass! They are interested in pushing musical theatre to new limits and crafting new works that showcase LGBTQIA+ stories. 

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. 

Since March of 2020, Shira has directed multiple short plays using Zoom. They participated in the 2020 Boston Theatre Marathon and the Playwright Platform's 48th Festival of New Plays. Shira's favorite project during this time was directing the second episode of Camp Strangewood, an anthology series about a haunted summer camp produced by Sparkhaven Theatre. 

When they're not doing theatre, Shira can be found playing the banjo, doing arts & crafts, running around in the woods, and plane spotting. 

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Shira was most recently the Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage Company

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 and Director's Gathering

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

 
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DIRECTING

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THE VIOLET ROOM

7 Rooms: The Masque of the Red Death
July 2021

Written by Sari Boren. Performed by Jo Michael Rezes and Blair Nodelman.

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EVERY CREEPING THING

Playwright Platform's 49th Festival of New Plays 
June 2021

Written by David Beardsley. Performed by
Dave DiLillo, Eric Skoglund, Natajia Sconiers, Carly Watson, and Ines De La Cruz.

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WHERE THE FIREWORKS COME FROM

Boston Theatre Marathon XXIII: Zoom Edition
May 2021

Written by Michael Pisaturo. Performed by Nathan Malin and Sam Warton.

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THIS SUCKS!

Homesick Play Project
December 2020

Written by M. Sloth Levine. Performed by Ezra Ali-Dow and Jo Michael Rezes. 

Watch Here

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TALES FROM CAMP STRANGEWOOD

Episode Two: Mister Champagne
Sparkhaven Theatre
July 2020

Written by James La Bella. Performed by Grace Trapnell, James Wechsler, Jo Michael Rezes, Michael A. Rosegrant, and Santiago MacLean. 

Watch here

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LOST SEASON

Playwright Platform's 48th Festival of New Plays 
June 2020

Written by David Beardsley. Performed by Shelley Brown, Madeleine Maret, and Kayla Gitlin. Butterfly creator: Emily Gitlin.

Watch here

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DEEP BLUE

Boston Theater Marathon XXII: Zoom Edition
April 2020

Written by Alex Moon. Performed by Dev Blair, Christina Mei Chen, and Julia Labuski

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SHREK THE MUSICAL

Mohawk Trail Regional School
March 2017

Music Direction: Amy Crawford-Roberts
Sound/Lighting: Sam Whitney

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THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE

Hampshire College Theatre
December 2016

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

Pandemonium

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FOLLOW: A WALK IN THE WOODS

Amherst College Theatre
May 2016

Devised with Denzel Wood, Benjamin Kissinger, and Naajia Muhammad

 

ASSISTANT DIRECTING

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THE PINK UNICORN

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

SpeakEasy Stage Company
March 2021

Directed by Bevin O'Gara. Designed by Ari Herzig.

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RECONFIGURED 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER

Honest Accomplice Theatre
August 2017

Co-Directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan

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48 NORTH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER

Hampshire College Theatre
April 2017

Directed and designed by Dani Aldrich

 

CONSULTING

In addition to directing, Shira is a freelance dramaturg and educator. Shira is available to act as a dramaturg or consultant on productions both locally and virtually. 

Shira has held Transgender Identity Training workshops for Directors Lab North, The Hepatitis C Mentorship Support Group, Trader Joe's, and individual theatre makers across the United States. 

If you would like to hire Shira to lead a training for your organization, use the contract form below or send an email to Shira directly. Rates are sliding scale. 

The next training will take place on Saturday, August 14th at 8pm EST. 

 
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DIRECTING RESUME

Updated as of April 2021

 

GET IN TOUCH

Full professional resume available upon request. To get in touch, please fill out this form or email shirahelenagitlin [at] gmail.com directly. 

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INSPIRATIONS

 
 

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

Rachel Chavkin