Lana is a Brooklyn based freelance director and producer who seeks to reimagine the human experience. Lana is dedicated to the building of bridges between the past and the present, classics and new, text and the artist, the audience and the performer and more importantly, the theater and our local and global communities. Right now her focus is artistic action and reinvention for communal change.
Lana is passionate about telling stories with, by and for the community. Above all else she works to create stories that reimagine, rebuild and redefine possibility and evoke healing in our community. She is inspired by theatrical stories with a deeply honest core but are told in a reimagined, non traditional, innovative way. She loves that tell stories that exist in the grey areas of our lives and ask more questions than answers; stories in the space between the real and surreal, the awake and the dreaming, the living and the dead. She seeks to create a world on stage where the familiar is strange and the strange is familiar.
Lana seeks to use theatre to empower all community members and artists alike to give voice to their story. This means a dedication to not only what stories we are sharing but how we are sharing them and who we are sharing them with. For Lana, the passion, choice and need to be a storyteller in the theater came from the discovery that for much of her life she had silenced herself and not given voice to her own stories and truths. She felt paralyzed by fear as she allowed her own voice to be lost and in turn, watched others do the same. Theater served as an open door to break this cycle of silence not just for herself but for others. This act of using storytelling to let song and voice shatter the silence is found in the plays Lana directs, her work with community organizations and her developing ensemble the [re] collective.
Lana is a teaching artist with The Other Side Intercultural Theatre, Inc, which is an initiative to create a community of girls through global drama exchange. 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. As part of the creative process, each U.S.-based participating group documents and shares their creative exploration with an international-based participant group, and vice-versa, thereby creating an intercultural dialogue and building friendships. Through these creative processes, performances, and friendships, the girls learn about each other, about themselves, and gain the confidence to create change in their communities and advocate for equality for girls worldwide. Like pen pals. But with theatre. http://www.theothersidenyc.org/about-us/
Lana is the founding artistic director of ensemble the [re]group and former artistic director of Story People Theatre Group. Lana is a producer and resident director with Goldfish Memory Productions. She has served as a producer, artistic and literary associate at Cape Cod Theatre Project, Primary Stages, LCT3 and Naked Angels. Lana is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and has an MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama, 2017.