Shana Bestock’s taut staging...teases out information and emotions with such skill, it keeps you guessing and wondering. It is no spoiler, though, to give the actors and their director high praise for making this fierce and delicate dance of nerves so riveting....genuinely provocative theater. 
— The Seattle Times on Gidion's Knot



Amadeus Peter Shaffer Seattle Public Theater

Bad Jews Joshua Harmon Seattle Public Theater

Talley's Folly Lanford Wilson Seattle Public Theater

Gidion's Knot Johnna Adams Seattle Public Theater

The Language Archive Julia Cho Seattle Public Theater

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Tom Stoppard Seattle Public Theater

Arms and the Man George Bernard Shaw Seattle Public Theater

The 13th of Paris Mat Smart Seattle Public Theater

3 Tall Women Edward Albee Seattle Public Theater

Master Harold…and the boys Athol Fugard Seattle Public Theater

A Wedding Story Bryony Lavery Seattle Public Theater

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball Rebecca Gilman Seattle Public Theater

Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare Seattle Public Theater

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Barbara Robinson Seattle Public Theater


Awards, Recognition, Publications

Gregory Nominee Theater of the Year ('13, '14, '16), Outstanding Director ('14)

Footlight Award 2003-2014 in various categories including Acting, Directing, Ensemble, and Production

Gypsy Rose Lee Award Outstanding Director and Ensemble nominee ('14)

Featured Panelist, Intiman Theater, “Diversity in the Arts”

Featured Panelist, Freehold Theater, “Directing”

Lifetime Achievement Award, Youththeatre Northwest

Jewish in Seattle Magazine, “Bad Jews”

Director's Notes, Shana Bestock - collected essays


Guest Director/Instructor Positions

University of Washingon (Bothell) English Department

Seattle Pacific University

“Pork Filled Players

ACT Theatre Young Playwright’s Festival

NextBook at Benaroya Hall with Susan Stamberg

Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle Central Community College

Centrum Center for the Arts and Creative Education

Book-It Repertory Theater 

Court Theater (Chicago)


Period dance and theatrical movement director. Traditional international folk dance performer and teacher. Dancer in the Allegro and Folklife Festivals; recreational dance leader for community groups. Choreographer for the Northwest Girlchoir, integrating folk dances with internationally acclaimed youth choir.