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Dana Graham is a theatre director, producer, and creative from and currently based in Dayton, OH. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Studies with a concentration in Directing from Wright State University in 2015. Upon graduation she completed a season- long artistic administration fellowship at Kitchen Theatre Company in Ithaca, NY under the direction of Rachel Lampert and Stephen Nunley. During her fellowship she directed and produced The Spotlight, her own interdisciplinary ten-minute play series that focused on the perception of vulnerability based on a variety of human conditions. She also curated and co-hosted “I and You: The Experience”, a KTC main stage promotional event that encompassed intimate and life changing thematic elements from Lauren Gunderson’s I and You through a variety of live performances featuring local Ithaca talent. She also served as the assistant director to Sarah Chalmers and Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr for On The Corner, a community devised piece that focused on the story of a young detained black boy and a white police officer’s historical journey through a racially divided America, produced by Civic Ensemble Theatre Company. After completion of her fellowship at KTC, Dana returned back to her hometown and in 2018 founded Scripted in Black (SIB), an interdisciplinary creative collective, focusing on it's first installment a Women of Color Reading Series. Follow SIB on Instagram and like us on Facebook!
Outside of pursuing her career as a theatre creative, Dana is a lover of all things God, family and friends, Black culture, and Beyonce. Product and believer of Black Girl Magic. An avid music, tv, and film connoisseur. Exquisite food, the natural way of life-- from hair to wellness, authentic vibes, organic conversations, and eclectic experiences are keys to her heart. She is a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.
Along with producing and directing for Scripted in Black: A Women of Color Reading Series, she is also the co-creator of ArtCrawl: A Visual + Performing Arts Festival that occurs annually in the Fall in Dayton, OH.
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Nina Simone, one of my dearest inspirations, describes the duty of an artist in this way: “How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.” This quote has heavily shaped my evolution as an artist. As a creative with an unconventional approach, I create multidisciplinary, conscious experiences to truthfully present the stories of underrepresented cultures, more exclusively of the black culture I belong to, lifestyles, genders, more exclusively narratives of Black womanhood, and age groups, more exclusively narratives that directly impact my millennial generation, in today’s society. I am interested in theatre that entertains and incites powerful education, social commentary, and unity.
My eccentric approach fuses different art forms such as poetry, visual arts, dance, music, and fashion together with theatre as its base. I believe the intertwining of different art forms allows me to bring important layers to a story that reflects how multidimensional life moments, individual or group of people, and perspective can be. These human processes move me to create work that challenges the way we think and act.