Lana Russell is a creative producer, director and arts educator committed to developing new plays, reimagining classics, and propelling institutional artistic programming that is transformative, and community driven. She is dedicated to producing and directing theater that build bridges and reinventing creative processes to empower and serve the needs of artists and audiences across divides.
Lana is currently a freelance producer/director as well as the artistic associate at New York Stage and Film.
She was the audience development associate at All For One Theater where she develops community based and educational programming and forms relationships with existing and first time theater audiences. She creates marketing campaigns that are both artist and community driven in addition to associate produces events, new play workshops and contributes to season planning. She also manages all marketing and communications.
Lana is the artistic director and founder of community based theater company the [re]group. In 2018, Lana 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.
Lana is a freelance producer of plays such as The Pizza Man by Darlene Carviotto at The Red Room, The Coming World by Christopher Shin at Under St. Marks and numerous new play-reading festivals (Story People, Rooftop Readings) Sam French OOB projects and readings/workshops. She is an artistic producer and the resident director for Goldfish Memory Productions where she has focused on artist driven programming for artists at all career stages as seen in the Beta Workshop Series.
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 and the world premiere of David L. Kimple’s Sink Florida Sink. In progress: 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 Eric Ting, Eric Tucker, Evan Cabnet, Cusi Cram, Kip Fagan, and Evan Yionoulis on various projects.
Lana recently finished a guest faculty and directorial position at Gettysburg College.
She has also developed and taught classes for Cape Cod Theater Project, PS218 after-school and is a freelance acting coach.
Lana is 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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