As an educator...

Shanara is proud to be a professional track faculty member at University of Maryland and Catholic University helping to shape the future of performance practice in America by fostering young artists. Courses taught include Movement, Acting for the Camera, Acting the Song, Musical Theatre Auditioning, Devising, Business of Theatre, Marketing for Artists, and more.  Currently, she teaches in the Drama and Musical Theatre programs at CUA and in the Theatre department and Graduate Opera program, Maryland Opera Studio, at UMD.

Private Coaching

A working actor and director looking to help you take it to the next level! Extensive experience as an on-set coach for actors and helping find clarity in direction, clear moments in scenes, depth in text, and truth in every character. Commercial copy coach to nail those commercial auditions as well. Great with hosting, personality and branding, and on-camera presence. Classically trained actress – great with Shakespeare and heightened text as well as time-period pieces for on camera work. Professional audition coaching to help you book the job! Always looking to find playable action, specificity, connection, and relaxation in the moment.

Acting clients have booked TV and Film including: Chicago Med, Empire, House of Cards, Homeland, Up In The Air, Logan, Holiday, Whisper, and more. National commercials including: Walgreens, Purina, Build-A-Bear, AT&T, and more. Broadway’s productions including: of The Crucible, Mary Poppins, The Audience, Billy Elliott, The Sound of Music, A Christmas Story, and more. Professional clients include: Wells Fargo Advisors, McCormack Baron Salazar, US Bank, SPARK conference, T-Rex, MBA students across the country, and a long time coach with Elements Partnership, the Association for Talent Development, and COCABiz.

“Shanara is so detailed. She takes her time to read through every action, every beat and moment. She is also very easy to work with, no ego. You will not be disappointed!

Fantastic coach to work with and has great insights for the material!

Let’s work together!


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Professional working artist with 10+ years of collegiate teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Theatre artist with 20+ years of professional work at the highest level, in theaters across the country, as well as in TV, Film, commercial, and on-camera mediums.




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Cultural Producer