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Hana Sharif

Hana Sharif has worked as an artistic leader, director, playwright, and producer. She began her professional career in 2003 as an entry-level artistic assistant at Hartford Stage. Within seven years she rose to become associate artistic director and served as the director of new-play development.



In 2012, Sharif became the program manager at ArtsEmerson, and in 2014, she became the associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage, where she directed acclaimed productions of "Pride and Prejudice," "The Christians," and "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." 



While at Baltimore Center Stage, Sharif strengthened community engagement, produced multiple world and regional premieres and guided the theater through a multi-million dollar building renovation and rebranding effort.

Sharif, a playwright, director, and producer, has been appointed the next artistic director of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and will hold the title of Augustin Family Artistic Director. 



Sharif obtained her MFA from the University of Houston and her B.A. from Spelman College.

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We Were Called to This Moment
Essay

We Were Called to This Moment

9 April 2024

Hana Sharif reflects on lessons learned during the dramatically shifting theatrical landscape in recent years, and the necessity of artistic leaders embracing abundance during this moment. 

hana sharif seated in a theatre
Claiming Our Space with Hana Sharif
Podcast

Claiming Our Space with Hana Sharif

Daughters of Lorraine Podcast Season 2 Episode 6

25 November 2020

For the last episode of season two of the Daughters of Lorraine Podcast, hosts Jordan Ealey and Leticia Ridley talk with Hana S. Sharif about her journey to becoming one of the first Black women to be artistic director of a regional theatre, managing in a pandemic, her thoughts on the current state of American theatre, and more.

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like
Essay

Redefining What Tomorrow Looks Like

Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah in Conversation

15 October 2018

Artistic directors Hana Sharif and Kwame Kwei-Armah discuss transitions in leadership in the US and UK and how they've helped define success in their respective institutions.

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