Director Shanara Gabrielle does a marvelous job…and pretty much guarantees a unique theatre-going experience– Theatre Snob Magazine

…An exultantly excellent production outdoors on Black Lives Matter Plaza. An ebullient show – the sort of truthful theater that may prompt one to reflect on one’s own truth. … rocks with visually striking directorial touches. – DC Metro Theatre Arts

Gabrielle poses thoughtful questions about the nature of responsibility people owe to each other .. and the relationship between actors and audience.  – St. Louis Post Dispatch

Shanara Gabrielle’s phenomenal direction…indeed seems to sweep the audience in – where it does not feel so difficult to find ourselves, and come away feeling that much more connected to ourselves and our community.  – DC Metro Theatre Arts


Shanara Gabrielle is a theatre artist with a focus on gutsy, inventive, engaging performances for all audiences. Driven by exploring stories of justice and tales of imagination, she is interested in creating new work and reimagining traditional texts with artists of courage and depth. Ms. Gabrielle is dedicated creating transparent, joyful, and anti-oppressive creative processes. 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.


  • Princess Grace Award Winner
  • Outstanding Professional Production 2021, Working
  • Barbara Whitman Award Nominee
  • RFT “Best of Theater”: Directing, Swallows & Amazons
  • Critic’s Circle Best Directing Award Nominee



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