Director Avital Shira's work focuses on building and empowering communities through sharing stories.
Avital is particularly drawn to language-rich, ensemble driven work that encourages us to embrace the cultural traditions that preceded us, while crafting art that speaks to the here and now.
Currently an MFA directing candidate at Boston University, Avital is also a founding company member of Sycamore Theatre Co. Avital's recent directing credits include WINTER PEOPLE by Laura Neil (Boston Playwrights Theatre), CYMBELINE (Boston University), INTIMATE APPAREL (Boston University), LIFEBOAT (Corrib Theatre), BETWEEN FRIENDS (Sycamore Theatre Co @ The Brick), and LOVE'S LABOURS LOST (Post 5).
Avital also has a strong interest in developing new work, and has worked with British poet Joel Kelly on the development of his piece, WHAT IS LEFT. She is currently in the process of developing a new musical, BISLAND AND BLY by Susannah Jones and Marialena DiFabbio.
A community organizer and political activist, Avital worked for two years, leading community engagement strategy on the ground in Colorado for the Markle Foundation's Skillful initiative. Avital holds a degree in Theatre Studies and English literature from Yale University, where she was awarded the James S. Metcalfe Prize for theatre and the Branford Arts Prize.
Avital is an associate member of the SDC and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She was named Best Director at the 2012 Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival for her production of Twelfth Night.