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Shamira Turner makes theatre, often with live music, always inviting curiosity and connection. Key to her practice is playing with gender, creative audio description, and learning from communities.

She is producer and co-director of experimental duo She Goat, creating and performing DOPPELDÄNGER, THE UNDEFINABLE, A VERY SERIOUS PERFORMANCE LECTURE, and CURIOUS HEARTS SONG CLUB with Eugénie Pastor, and running SHE GOAT THEATRE CLUB for older women in Lambeth. She Goat is currently developing IRON FANTASY, a show about strength, created through workshops with children and elders. 

As a co-founder and associate artist of award-winning Little Bulb, Shamira has co-written and performed in numerous shows, touring nationally and internationally, including ORPHEUS, CROCOSMIA, OPERATION GREENFIELD, MOUNTAIN MUSIC, and in Olivier Award winning WOLF WITCH GIANT FAIRY at the Royal Opera House. They are currently developing LISTEN DANCE, interactive gig theatre with a 10-piece band. 

Community engagement projects include as music director on Jasmine Johnson’s MORE THAN TWO at the Barbican, as deviser-performer on Brian Logan & Camden People’s Theatre's HUMAN JAM collaborating with an onstage community choir, and as director-facilitator on THE QUESTIONS by She Goat Theatre Club at Longfield Hall. She was the producer on WILD COUNTRY by Edith Tankus and Annie Siddons, premiering at CPT with engagement activities centred on maternal mental health.

Collaborations include as a deviser and performer with critically acclaimed 1927 (GOLEM, PLEASE RIGHT BACK), Theatre Ad Infinitum, Pilot Theatre, The Sleeping Trees, Gemma Brockis, Larisa Faber, and Camille Boitel/L’Immédiat, and as a director with Extant. She performs as Bobby Cygnus in DEAD ON TIME, Private Drama Events' immersive show on a moving train. Shamira has developed creative audio description for artist Dora Colquon and the Royal Opera House.

 

As a facilitator, Shamira and has led workshops at Mental Fight Club's Dragon Café, Universities, primary schools, Chickenshed Theatre, and is Assistant Facilitator at Camden Youth Theatre. 

Shamira was part of Fuel's Creative Freelancers: Shaping London's Recovery six-month research project supported by LEAP (the London Economic Action Partnership) and the Mayor of London, leading to this report in 2022.

Shamira makes music on accordion, autoharp, guitar, keytar, and sings. She lives in London and is represented for acting by Mia Thomson Talent Management.

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.

“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

“my happy & friendly safe place” 

member of She Goat Theatre Club

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