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).
She is currently represented by “Avalon Artists”. Currently she is creating a role of Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington D.C.
In 2015-2016 she was Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet” at the Public Theater Mobile Unit in NYC. In “Macbeth” of “performance collective Masterfool”, she created the “witch”.
She was the “Voice” in “Virtual Truth (Bunker, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2013). Her professional debut in theater was “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (State Theater, Maribor, Slovenia 2012), and in film “Bahia” in Guernica Continuum (Shape Shifters, Brooklyn, NY 2012).
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