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

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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

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

FOLLOW: A WALK IN THE WOODS

Amherst College Theatre
May 2016

Devised with Denzel Wood, Benjamin Kissinger, and Naajia Muhammad

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ASSISTANT DIRECTING

BRIGHT STAR 

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

SpeakEasy Stage Company
February 2021

Directed by Paul Daigneault

RECONFIGURED 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/STAGE MANAGER

Honest Accomplice Theatre
August 2017

Co-Directed by Maggie Keenan-Bolger and Rachel Sullivan

48 NORTH
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR/SOUND DESIGNER

Hampshire College Theatre
April 2017

Directed and designed by Dani Aldrich

 

DESIGN

MONEY PLAY
PROPS DESIGNER

Hampshire College Theatre
April 2015

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
SOUND DESIGNER

Hampshire College Theatre
November 2013

STAPLES PLAYERS
SOUND DESIGNER/TECHNICIAN

Sept 2009 - June 2013

 

DIRECTING RESUME

Updated as of February 2020

 

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

 

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