AYANA WORKMAN

Alumnus

AYANA WORKMAN is an African American – Slovene actress, dancer and writer who was born in New York City and raised in Montclair (NJ) and NYC. She has a BFA in acting from “Mason Gross School of The Arts” at Rutgers University, and was trained as a dancer and drummer at MADLOM in Montclair.

In Europe Ayana has studied acting at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and dance in Slovenia. She was exposed to contemporary jazz music and avant-garde theater at a young age through her father, legendary jazz musician Reggie Workman and mother Maya Milenovic Workman (choreographer, writer).

Roles: Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet” at Public Theater, NYC. Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C.  “Ophelia” (Hamlet, Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C.); “Banquo” (with director Erica Schmit), Perdita (Shakespeare’s Winter’s Tale, Public Theater, NYC)
In “Macbeth” of “performance collective Masterfool”, she created the “witch”. She Created “Blue” IN Maya Milenovic’s Dos Worlds.  She was the “Voice Over” in “Virtual Truth (Bunker, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013). Her professional debut in the theater was “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (State Theater, Maribor, Slovenia 2012), and in the film “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (Shape Shifters, Brooklyn, NY 2012).

ACTING ONE ONONE, MODERN DANCE, DJEMBE TEACHER