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Shira Helena Gitlin (they/them) is a trans nonbinary director, gender consultant, dramaturg, intimacy director, and musical theatre enthusiast based in Boston, MA. As an artist, Shira works to create collaborative, brave environments that emphasize agency, authenticity, and creativity. Shira is interested in pushing musical theatre to new limits and crafting new works that showcase queer, transgender, and neurodivergent stories and histories. 


As a director, Shira has worked with the National Women's Theatre Festival, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Moonbox Productions, Flat Earth Theatre, Sparkhaven Theatre, Playwrights’ Platform, the Boston Theatre Marathon and more. Shira is a graduate of the Arden Professional Apprentice Class 26, was an Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and is an alumni of Directors Lab North in Toronto, Canada. They were also a Directing Observer for the National Alliance of Musical Theatre Festival in 2021.They have a BA from Hampshire College in directing with an emphasis on musical theatre studies.

Shira also works as a gender consultant and has held Transgender Inclusion workshops for Dramatists Guild, Directors Lab North, and various theatres across the United States. They are a part of the Gender Explosion Initiative. 

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

Proud member of Gender ExplosionRing of Keys, and Director's Gathering

Shira uses they/them/theirs pronouns

Headshots by Mim Wu.



All Shook Up

Reagle Music Theatre
Assistant Director
July 12 - 21, 2024

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

Rachel Chavkin

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