Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ensemble Member, Alona Dadiani

Here's a closer look at another one of our newest members, Alona Dadiani.  Before moving to the West Coast - Los Angeles to be exact - Alona resided in New York and appeared in our American Playwrights Festival back in 2003.  Most recently Alona joined Ensemble Members, Victoria Malvagno, Dedra McCord-Ware, Francisco Solorzano and Christopher Whalen in our West Coast presentation of 6 Hotels by Israel Horovitz for the 70/70 Horovitz Project.  We are proud to have her join our family of artists.    

Alona was born in Israel and at age nine moved to New York.  Alona earned her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at The Atlantic Theatre Acting School, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. During her time at NYU, Alona took the opportunity to study theatre abroad in Dublin, Ireland’s Trinity College at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.  With a minor in English Literature and Irish Studies, Alona forayed into the world of fitness - a natural progression, by all accounts! (She did have an athletic background with penchants for soccer and long distance running). Alona is currently certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine with specialties in Sports Specific Training, Integrated Flexibility, Nutrition and Prenatal Training. For the time being, she is proud to be earning her living as a devoted private trainer. Alona holds a background in Modern Dance and choreography and had the chance to showcase both theatre and dance elements in the NYC Fringe Festival. She also had the privilege of bringing Frank McGuniess’ play ‘Carthaginians’ to NYC’s Irish Arts Center after her time in Ireland. In her spare time, she’s a budding mountaineer, an amateur documentary maker, avid runner, reader, essayist (but mostly essay reader)! writer and part time fundraiser for Beyond Shelter, a non-for-profit organization helping establish education and financial aid to homeless families throughout Los Angeles.

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