From new plays to reimagined classics to world premieres, Shanara has directed  some of the most innovative performance experiences ever to sold-out audiences. Shanara creates a transparent, anti-racist, anti-bias creative processes and has 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.” And as a director and collaborator, “Shanara Gabrielle approaches her work with imagination, a dynamic point of view, and great technical skill.

Director Shanara Gabrielle does a marvelous job…and pretty much guarantees a unique theatre-going experience.

 – Theatre Snob Magazine

Gabrielle pose(s) thoughtful questions about the nature of responsibility people owe to each other .. [and the] relationship between actors and audience.

-St. Louis Post Dispatch

…a delightful romp sure to please all ages. Thanks for that is due to the loving direction of Shanara Gabrielle [as she] coaxes convincing performances from her enthusiastic cast.

-Ladue News

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  • Princess Grace Award Winner
  • Barbara Whitman Award Nominee
  • RFT “Best of Theater”: Directing, Swallows & Amazons
  • Critic’s Circle Best Directing Award Nominee



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