Lanna is an actor/writer/spoken word performer who has worked throughout the United States and United Kingdom. Lanna currently resides in London.
RECENT & UPCOMING PROJECTS:
English Touring Theatre Nationwide Voices R & D Workshop of HAFT by Sonia Jalaly, dir. Sepy Baghaei
R & D Workshop of A JEWISH LOVE STORY by Suzette Coon, dir. Nicola Allpress
2 R & D Workshops of A LITTLE IRAQI by Jasmine Naziha Jones, dir. Ria Samartzi
Wayward Artists Audiodrama, BISMILLAH by Nakisa Aschtiani, dir. Ani Marderosian
Noor Theatre's Reading of OUR MOTHERS, THE GHOST STORY by Haleh Roshan, dir. Kathleen Capdesuñer
Audiodrama: THE SMOKERS by Fiona Harper, dir. Emmi Isham
Short play: 50/50 by Jay Cundell Walker, (AAUK, dir. Sally Beck Wippman)
Audiobook: AN EMOTION OF GREAT DELIGHT by Tahereh Mafi.
Workshop of a new farce: FANNY! by Calum Finlay, dir. Katie-Ann McDonough.
Audiodrama: TAYTA & NINI (Episode 1) by Catherine Hanna Schrock (La Jolla Playhouse & Blindspot Collective)
Spoken word: LITTLE LITTLE (NY Theatre Workshop & Poetic Productions).
HAMLET UNCUT produced by Brave New World Rep, dir. Tamilla Woodard
The Factory's LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST The Willow Globe, dir. Scott Brooksbank
Short plays: COMFORT by Andrew Pearce (AAUK, dir. Jared Nelson) and META-PHOSIS by Ken Preuss (AAUK, dir. Amelia Sciandra)
Audio Story: A TALE OF ASH IN SEVEN BIRDS by Amal El-Mohtar and THE VERGE OF UTOPIA by Sondra Fink (produced by Kaleidocast)
UK: THE EYES OF THE NIGHT (Cervantes Theatre, dir. Simone Coxal), THE TIME OF OUR LIES (The Park Theatre, dir. Ché Walker), Jonas Hassen Khemiri's I CALL MY BROTHERS (The Gate Theatre, dir. Tinuke Craig), SOULLESS ONES (Hammer House Live, dir. Anna Soderblom & Oscar Blustin), TROYLUS & CRESSIDA (The Factory @ The Willow Globe, dir. Madeleine Kate Hyland), CAUSE (VAULT Festival, dir. Lucy Jane Atkinson), TIMON OF ATHENS (The Factory @ The Willow Globe, dir. Alex Hassell & Louis Scheeder), MUSE OF FIRE (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, dir. Harper Ray), SONNET WALKS (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, dir. Federay Holmes), Rebecca Lenkiewicz's THE COMMUNE (dir. Martin Wylde), IRONMISTRESS (The Albany, dir. Katie-Ann McDonough), BLUE STOCKINGS (dir. Sarah Davey-Hull), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (The Factory, dir. Louis Scheeder), THAT DAY (Accidental Festival at The Roundhouse, dir. Deirdre McLaughlin), VALIANT (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Women & War Festival, dir. Alexandra Renzetti)
US: Laurel Ollstein's THEY PROMISED HER THE MOON (The Old Globe, dir. Giovanna Sardelli), Ursula Rani Sarma's adaptation of A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS (Arena Stage, The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theatre and Seattle Repertory, dir. Carey Perloff), Zayd Dohrn's THE PROFANE (Playwrights Horizons, dir. Kip Fagan), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (The Public, dir. Michelle Hensley), Jason Grote’s 1001 (Denver Center, dir. Ethan McSweeny), BORN WITH TEETH-RICHARD III (Epic Theatre, dir. Ron Russell), NINE PARTS OF DESIRE (Lyric Stage & Kitchen Theatre, dir. Carmel O'Reilly), SAD & MERRY MADNESS (The Public, dir. Barry Edelstein), THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (Denver Center, dir. Jose Zayas), METAMORPHOSES (Capital Repertory, dir. Maggie Mancinelli-Carter), DAMASCUS (Northern Stage, dir. Brooke Ciardelli), Betty Shamieh’s THE STRANGEST (HERE CultureMart, dir. May Adrales), Mac Wellman’s CELLOPHANE (The Flea, dir. Jim Simpson), LIKE I SAY (The Flea, dir. Len Jenkin), THE INSPECTOR GENERAL (Colorado Shakespeare Festival, dir. Efim Zvenyatsky), COMEDY OF ERRORS (CSF, dir. Carolyn Howarth & Daniel Stein).
FILM/TV: THE FIRST CIRCLE w/ Max Dobbyn, DRUID PEAK w/ Spencer Clark & Andrew Wilson, FISHING NAKED w/ Elaine Miles & Bronson Pelletier, HONK! w/ Bob Clendenin, SECURITY w/ Chris Messina, MAD TO BE NORMAL w/ David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss and Gabriel Byrne, DELOCATED w/ Jon Glaser and THE NEW AMERICANS w/ Omar Metwally.
WRITING: Lanna's verbatim play of women’s war stories, VALIANT (US director: Tamilla Woodard, UK director: Alexandria Renzetti) has enjoyed numerous performances such as NY International Fringe festival where New York Magazine named it one of 20 shows to see out of 200 where Lanna was awarded a NY Fringe Festival Performance Award. VALIANT was also part of The Culture Project's IMPACT Festival, The United Nations Celebration for the Committee on the Status of Women, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (long listed for the Amnesty International Award), The Williamstown Theatre Festival, InterAct Theatre’s Outside the Frame Festival. Women & War Festival (London), WOW (Women of the World) Festival in Folkestone, JW3's International Women's Festival (London) & NYC Yale Cabaret where the cast earned a NY Innovative Theatre nomination. She has collaborated with Karen Finley on Lanna’s solo piece, RAIN (The Flea). Her solo piece, THAT DAY has enjoyed several performances throughout London. HOT MESS (AAUK, dir. Jared Nelson)
SELECT SPOKEN WORD: Word Up London, Spoken Word London, Farrago Poetry Slam, Inspired Word, Westside Rhyme, Symphonics, SUBTERRANEAN, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Cafe... Published in Word Up London first anthology, all the sins Arts & Writing E-magazine and unFold Poetry E-magazine.
STAGED READINGS & WORKSHOPS...: Merrimack Rep workshop & staged reading of ZABEL IN EXILE playing the renowned Armenian writer Zabel Yessayan (dir. Megan Sandberg-Zakian), Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse OF THINGS UNSAID by Jamsin Mandi Ghomi (dir. Laura Kressly), Workshop in Glasgow & London for Effie Samara's play LESBOS, Noor Theatre 48-Hour Theatre Festival RUINS by Mashuq Mushtaq Deen (dir. Johanna McKeon), a reading of Rita Goldberg Award winner, Sam Chanse's THE OPPORTUNITIES OF EXTINCTION at The Lark, a reading of Rita Goldberg Award winner, Rehana Mirza's LADYBITS at The Lark. Staged reading of a new adaptation of Arthur Miller's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE for the 100 year anniversary (dir. Brooke Ciardelli). VALIANT at a Fundraiser for Syrian Refugees in Hove. Amios Shotz all women new writing night, NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED.
AWARDS: Ovation Award (1001), IRNE Award (Nine Parts of Desire), NY International Fringe Festival Performance Award (Valiant), NY Innovative Theatre Nomination (Valiant), Ovation Award Nomination (Inspector General), Sawyer Falk Leadership Award (Syracuse University)
TRAINING: MA Acting (Distinction) Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London), BFA Drama (Cum Laude) Syracuse University (New York)