Lana Russell is a creative producer, director and arts educator committed to developing new plays, reimagining classics, and propelling artistic programming that is transformative, courageous and community driven. She is dedicated to producing and directing theater that build bridges between story, form, artist and audience and reinventing creative processes to empower and serve the needs of all.
Lana was most recently the Artistic Associate at New York Stage and Film where she managed casting of upwards of twenty summer development and full production projects and the casting of over 116 actors. She line produced all season projects ranging from readings to workshops to main stage productions. She worked closely with the Epstein and Founder’s Award Playwrighting Fellows scheduling their time, offering consistent dramaturgical support and producing end of season readings. She taught and mentored the stage management and music intern programs as well as overseeing and scheduling a wide range of artistic tasks for the current and the incoming artistic director.
She was the audience development associate at All For One Theater where she developed community based and educational programming and formed relationships with existing and first time theater audiences. She created marketing campaigns that were both artist and audience driven in addition to associate producing events, new play workshops and contributed to season planning. She also managed all marketing and communications.
Lana is the artistic director and founder of community based theater company the [re]group. In 2018, directed, produced, fundraised and managed the first [re]group tour of a community intersected and created Henry VI Part 3 called [re]consider, focusing on cycles of violence. It toured to Veteran community and rehab centers, schools, theaters and other community spaces in Manhattan, Harlem and The Bronx sparking conversation on PTSD, bullying and gun/gang violence.
She was the artistic associate and intern coordinator for Cape Cod Theater Project, producing four weeks of new play workshops and developing and managing the intern program, teaching classes and devising a community-based play.
Lana was the literary associate at Primary Stages where in addition to all literary management and program development she co-produced and casted all reading series, the gala and all writer’s group and company events, served as a dramaturg with the Dorothy Streslin New American Writer’s Group and managed artistic department needs.
She was a producing fellow at Naked Angels where she associate produced First Monday Reading Series projects, Tuesday’s at Nine, annual holiday and T@9 fundraiser events and daily marketing, donation organization and office needs.
Lana has developed and directed plays with Primary Stages, The Lark, Marin Shakespeare, Goldfish Memory Productions, Cape Cod Theater Project, New Georges, Rattlestick, Gettysburg College, The New School MFA and BFA, The Public Theater of San Antonio, the [re]group, Tivoli Community Theater. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab. Recent productions include: Vigils by Noah Haidle, Henry VI Part 3, Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn, interview project for the [re}group with female veterans overcoming sexual abuse in the military.
As an associate/assistant director: Lana is currently working as the associate on the new musical Bliss (with Sheryl Kaller) by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie and Switched by Geoffrey Nauffts and Jonatha Brooke. She was also an assistant/associate to Victor Malana Maog, Eric Ting, Eric Tucker, Evan Cabnet, Cusi Cram, Kip Fagan, and Evan Yionoulis on various projects.
Lana is a guest faculty and director at Gettysburg College as well as a teaching artist for California Shakespeare Theater.
She has also developed and taught classes for Cape Cod Theater Project, PS218 after-school and is a freelance acting coach.
Lana was a teaching artist with The Other Side Intercultural Theatre. The Other Side creates a cross-cultural exchange of dramatic storytelling amongst girls which supports their common experience, inspires leadership, and develops community. Using devised theatre and storytelling techniques, participating girls create dramatic pieces, exploring what it means to be a girl in the context of their own community and culture. The great strength and the great suffering that comes with a female identity is brought to the forefront.
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