New York Stage and Film

Lana will be starting as the Artistic Associate at New York Stage and Film for the 2019 Powerhouse Season.

More info here.

Guest Director at Gettysburg College

In January and February, I have the pleasure of being a guest director and teaching a seminar class at Gettysburg College.


featuring the amazing Gettysburg College undergrads

February 21-25th at The Kline Theater



Associate Director on the new musical: Bliss by Emma Lively and Tyler Beattie directed by Sheryl Kaller is an INCREDIBLE piece in development. We just did a four week workshop at New 42. If I could play the recordings and blast the pictures I would but until then just know at an empowering, funny, catchy as all hell musical subverting the idea of what it means to be a “princess” or a woman in society is coming to a theater new you.

Assistant director: WAR OF THE ROSES at Cal Shakes

So excited to be returning back to the home state to work on this four hour epic adaptation of Henry Vi Part one, two, three and Richard III which completes the full history cycle of the War of the Roses with the brilliant Eric Ting.

If you're in California, join us at the end of August, in the outdoor Bruns theatre for this epic.



first the [re]group event June 10,11,13

After years of dreaming up this concept here it is in it's first workshop form. This event is free (suggested donation) and depends on the audience both during and after the show. Please come check us out. I value all feedback on this process as both a facilitator, director and producer. This show will also be having community performances at ps218 in the Bronx and Veteran Center, Samaritan Village in Manhattan.

RSVP here:

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Assistant directing Eric Tucker on Bedlam's production of PYGMALION. It will be the version of this classic story you have never seen before and reimagines the possibilities of how dated stories can be reimagined and how struggles of the past live on in the present.

The Sheen Center

March 16-April 22nd




With my playwright partner in crime Kari Bentley-Quinn!

A part of Goldfish Memory Productions workshop series:

A workshop in-progress (supported by Goldfish Memory Productions)
By Kari Bentley-Quinn
Directed by Lana Russell

When seventeen year old aspiring marine biologist Colleen goes missing, all eyes are on her boyfriend Robbie, a sensitive young man with a violent past. When Robbie heads out on his boat to look for Colleen off the coast of southwest Connecticut, he encounters a lost humpback whale in Long Island Sound. Robbie’s search for Colleen and his desperate attempt to help the lost whale collide in unexpected and mysterious ways. 

Featuring: Charly Bivona, Oscar Cabrera, Kristin Granade, Billy Higgins and Trevor McGhie

Friday, 2/9 at 7 pm
Sunday, 2/11 at 7 pm
RSVP - limited seating!

Primary Stages
Studio B
307 West 38th Street
New York, NY 10018


NYC Indie One Minute Play Festival

Friday January 25th and Saturday January 26th at 8pm at the New Ohio!

Directing a chunk of exciting new plays all one minute in length with an ensemble cast of NYC's emerging indie actors.


Summer 2017

Summer 2017 Recap!

Lana was the assistant director of SACRED VALLEY by Josh Radnor, Directed by Sheryl Kaller at New York Stage and Film-Powerhouse series.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Cape Cod Theatre Project




Sink Florida Sink by David L. Kimple at ESPA at Primary Stages

On Wednesday April 12th I will be directing David's heart breaking, hilarious, magical and timely romp through an imagined future.


by David L. Kimple

Directed by Lana Russell

6:30 pm ESPA at Primary Stages 307 West 38th Street 15th Floor.

Free and open to the public.



Salute by Alex Kveton at The New School


by Alexander Kveton
directed by Lana Russell

Featuring: Rachel Griesinger, Mike Axtell, Ashley Underwood, Ari Shapiro, Erin Salm, Nathaniel Kent, Victoria Tamez, Taylor Del Priore, Jessica Pomeroy, Zach Catron, Jarahn Cosby, Alex Roller, and Amber Barrios.

On the cusp of graduating, a prep school senior boy falls in love with a freshman girl, but because the school is so entrenched in a salacious tradition, what begins as love ends in tragedy.

The New School for Drama
151 Bank St. New York, NY 10014

March 18, 3:00 p.m.

March 22, 7:00 p.m.

March 23, 9:30 p.m.

March 24, 7:00 p.m.

March 25, 8:00 p.m.

Tickets available at


SALUTE by Alex Kveton

Lana will be directing the world premiere of SALUTE by MFA 17 playwright Alex Kveton with an opening in March 2017. Stay tuned for more information!

Goldfish Memory

Lana has recently become a producer and the resident director for Goldfish Memory Productions. Click the Goldfish Memory tab on the site to find out more about the fish bowl.

Lana will be directing Goldfish Memory's Samuel French OOB Festival play Human Resources by R Eric Thomas on 8/10. There will be puppets and laughs and chaos. More information: