Shanara Gabrielle




Working DC: The Musical

From new plays to reimagined classics to world premieres, Shanara has directed some of the most innovative performance experiences to sold-out audiences across the country. Shanara creates transparent creative processes based in anti-oppression with a dedicated 51% non-white/cis/abled practice in her creative team building. Her directorial work has been lauded as “specific, joyful and a celebration of all that is great theatrical art”, “a terrific mixture of intelligence and instinct”, and “visceral, intimately connected with the audience, extremely smart and utterly engaging.” Shanara has directed at: the cell nyc, Goethe Institut, BAAD NYC, The 4208 Group, Arena Stage (associate), Door Shakespeare, Shakespeare Theatre’s ACA, Catholic University of America, Spooky Action, Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, Solas Nua, Every 28 Hours produced by Oregon Shakespeare Festival/One-Minute Play Fest, Imagination Stage (movement director), Shakespeare Festival St. Louis (touring), The Coterie Theatre, Metro Theatre Company, The Black Rep (associate), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (touring), Great Lakes Theatre/Idaho Shakespeare, COCA Theatre Company, New York Fringe Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, and Bowery Poetry Club/Dixon Place Theatre; and Shake38 – an interdisciplinary performance event in collaboration with visual artist Ben Kaplan and Project Runway fashion designer Michael Drummond.

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