“the sheer versatility of Shamira Turner
(both in performance and vocally) made her
the ideal masculine presence in the show”
★★★★★ Theatre Bubble
on Ad Infinitum’s BUCKET LIST
Shamira Turner is a performance-maker, actor, writer, voice actor, and musician making work that plays with gender, integrates live music, and invites curiosity.
She is producer and co-director of experimental duo She Goat, creating and performing DOPPELDÄNGER, THE UNDEFINABLE, A VERY SERIOUS PERFORMANCE LECTURE, and hosting CURIOUS HEARTS SONG CLUB interactive online listening parties with Eugénie Pastor. She Goat’s THE UNDEFINABLE is now an audio-art podcast series.
As a co-founder and associate artist of award-winning Little Bulb, Shamira has devised numerous shows, touring nationally and internationally, including in ORPHEUS, OPERATION GREENFIELD, CROCOSMIA and MOUNTAIN MUSIC. She performs and plays accordion in the Olivier Award winning WOLF WITCH GIANT FAIRY at the Royal Opera House.
Shamira is currently appearing as Bobby Cygnus in Dead On Time – an immersive murder mystery on a moving train created by Private Drama Events with British Pullman.
Shamira has collaborated as a performer and deviser with critically-acclaimed 1927, Pilot Theatre, Theatre Ad Infinitum, The Sleeping Trees, Shunt's Gemma Brockis, Lewis Gibson, and Camille Boitel/L’Immédiat.
Performance work involving community engagement is key to Shamira’s practice. Projects include as Music Director on Jasmine Johnson’s MORE THAN TWO at the Barbican and as deviser/performer on Camden People’s Theatre's HUMAN JAM collaborating with an onstage community choir. She was the producer on WILD COUNTRY by Edith Tankus and Annie Siddons, which premiered at CPT in 2022 with engagement activities focusing on maternal mental health.
Shamira makes music on guitar, accordion, autoharp, keytar, and sings. She lives in London and is represented for acting by Mia Thomson Talent Management.
Shamira was part of the Freelance Cohort for Creative Freelancers: Shaping London's Recovery, a six-month research project supported by Fuel, LEAP, and the Mayor of London, leading to this report published in May 2022.
Credits include: the Young Vic, Soho Theatre, the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre, Trafalgar Studios, HOME in Manchester, Lincoln Centre Festival in New York, Sydney Theatre Company, and the BBC’s CBeebies.