BIO

Lana Kouchnir is an award-winning, Ukraine-born emerging writer and performer. Her writings and performances center queer Ukrainian folklore and are driven by a transdisciplinary approach to storytelling. Lana graduated from the 2015-2016 Transdisciplinary Arts Residency at the Watah Theatre; she was a recipient of the Watah Theatre's Outstanding Performance Award for her workshop presentation of Vovk, a monodrama created under the mentorship and dramaturgy of d'bi. young anitafrika. Lana has performed her genre-bending a cappella song-poetry performances for over six years. She was selected as a 2015-2016 City of Ottawa 'Youth in Culture' Youth Advisory Committee member and her hybrid photo-poetry essay was selected for the 2019 Diaspora Dialogues National Short Form Mentorship Program. Lana was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts grant to write and produce a short lyrical poem video based on her poem, Odesa Caviar. She is currently undergoing a virtual 6-month film production mentorship program with Concordia University Television. Lana was recently awarded a creative project commission to design and facilitate arts programming for the 2021 Drake Arts in Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital.

AWARDS

2021
Canada Council for the Arts: Professional Development for Artists
Ontario Arts Council: Craft Projects

2020
Canada Council for the Arts: Digital Originals

2019
Canada Council for the Arts: Arts Across Canada
Diaspora Dialogues National Short Form Mentorship Program

2018
Ontario Arts Council: Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators - Theatre Passe Muraille
Ontario Arts Council: Recommender Grant for Theatre Creators - Pleiades Theatre

2017
Ontario Arts Council: Theatre Creators Reserve Grant - Mixed Company Theatre

2016
The Watah Theatre: Outstanding Performance Award

2015
2015-2016 City of Ottawa 'Youth in Culture' Youth Advisory Committee Member; The City of Ottawa Cultural Funding Support Section 





Photographer: Caro Ibrahim

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