Director | Designer | Theatre Maker
SHIRA HELENA GITLIN
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 has experience working with musical theatre, devising, and straight plays. Shira's work often includes elements of immersion and audience interaction.
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.
Currently, Shira works as an Arden Professional Apprentice at the Arden Theatre Company, doing everything from casting to development to production. Shira has had specialized assistantships in the Artistic and Education departments.
Shira is currently based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and uses they/them/theirs pronouns.
BA in Directing with an emphasis on Musical Theatre, Hampshire College
SHREK THE MUSICAL
Dec 2016 - March 2017
Mohawk Trail Regional School.
Music Director: Amy Crawford-Roberts.
Sound/Lighting: Sam Whitney.
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Sept - Dec 2016
Hampshire College Theatre.
Music Director: Maddie Williams.
Lighting Designer: Dani Aldrich.
Set: Nancy Michaud
FOLLOW: A DEVISED PIECE
March - May 2016
Amherst College Theatre. Devised with Denzel Wood, Benjamin Kissinger, and Naajia Muhammad.
Feb - April 2017
Hampshire College Theatre. Directed by Dani Aldrich.
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
Sept - Nov 2013
Hampshire College Theatre.
Sept 2009 - June 2013
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
STAGE MANAGER/ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
June - August 2017
Co-Directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan.
SHWAYDER CAMP THEATRE PROGRAM
June - August 2016
Shwayder Camp in Idaho Springs, Colorado is a private Jewish Summer Camp.
Jan - April 2015
Hampshire College Theatre. Directed by Will MacAdams.
"Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos."