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Ayana Cahrr
Director, March 2004 Hollywood Reading

Ayana Cahrr is a director, actress, dancer, choreographer and artist instructor. Nationally, she has directed extensively on such prominent equity stages as the Robey Theater Company, The Greenway Court Theatre, First Stage, The Lankershim Arts Center, Ensemble Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, The Public Theater, One Dream Theater, Henry Street Playhouse. On the West Coast, some of Ayana's directing/choreography credits include: How Kintu Became A Man by Nambi E. Kelley, where Ayana received an LA Ovation award nomination for Best Director (2002); the Robey Theatre Company’s production of Dessailines by Lee Levy Simon directed by Ben Guillory; Kick Me When I'm Down, I'm Dead, the Performing Arts Studio West. Also Ms. Cahrr is a member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab 2003. Recently, Coleman & Smith Theater Co. nominated Ayana Best Choreographer for the COLSAC Awards 2003 for their production of The Colored Museum by George C. Wolfe.

On the East Coast, Ms. Cahrr has received critical acclaim for the productions
Roads To The Mountaintop by Ron Milner, a play based on the last years of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Sizwe Bansi is Dead, a South African play by Athol Fugard; The Meeting by Jeff Stetson, a play based on the imaginary meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and She Who Weeps, an award winning play conceived, acted and directed by Ayana Cahrr. She Who Weeps is a theatrical piece, which celebrates the emotional and historical lives of African-American women from ancient Egypt to present day America. She Who Weeps has toured nationally through the Carter G. Woodson Foundation's national renowned tour Black Culture on Tour.

For 11 years, Ayana Cahrr had been Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Ensemble Theater Company, a small professional Theater Company in Newark, New Jersey. Additionally, she was the Founder and Director of the
Spirits Arise Program, an educational outreach theater program for youth. Presently, Ayana was chosen as a director to participate in the TheaterCram Festival 2004.

"May the Spirit guide us all to the light, truth, love, and world peace."