Joining the Board of THEATRE WASHINGTON in 2023!

Shanara is proud to begin asked to serve on the board of Theatre Washington, the alliance of theatre organizations, theatre-makers, and theatre supporters that promotes and nurtures a creative, equitable, healthy, and diverse regional theatre community. Through collaborative partnerships and programs, Theatre Washington supports the Washington, DC-area’s professional theatre community to celebrate artistic achievement, strengthen […]

5 Questions with Shanara

Interview with Susan Brall for MD Theatre Guide as the director of A CHRISTMAS CAROL! “Each creator and craftsperson whom I collaborate with has an influence on my work—each director, each deck crew member, each props artisan…everyone. I’ve also been fortunate to have wonderful mentors in my work as a director and artistic leader who […]

BEST OF 2022 – Playboy of the Western World!

PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD directed by Shanara Gabrielle Named Best of 2022 by DC THEATRE ARTS! “Directed with a light touch by Shanara Gabrielle, who knows that the play should resonate with a dry sense of Irish humor until the darkness sinks in…this adaptation is not to be missed.”

THIRST by Ronán Noone

THIRST by Ronán Noone, directed by Shanara Gabrielle With Eugene O’Neill’s classic Long Day’s Journey into Night as a backdrop, Thirst is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging in their new world in this lyrical […]

Signature Theatre – ADA workshop reading

Directed by Shanara Gabrielle, Ada is presented as part of SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings. After an “incident” at The Company, dedicated employee Ada must meet with her superior, Joan, for behavioral programming sessions. However, a shocking act of violence throws the institution’s perfectly ordered system into chaos and forces Joan to question not only her […]


Shanara Gabrielle is the Artistic Producer of Working In DC, a celebration of the working class, the dignity of labor, and the lives of workers in America. Find out more at

KEPT UNDER GLASS: Unheard Women’s Voices

Works of rarely-heard Austrian and German women composers unleashed in a stirring multimedia street concertOn May 5-6, join us at the corner of 14th and R Streets, NW for Kept Under Glass: Unheard Women’s Voices, a multimedia pop-up performance of songs about love and longing for connection by under-recognized Austrian and German women composers. This program […]

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