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Dana Wieluns Legawiec is a professional performer, arts educator and theatre maker with over two decades’ experience working with ensembles in Maine, Los Angeles, New York and internationally. She is co-Artistic Director of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble with her husband Stephen Legawiec, who is a playwright, director and designer. As an original founding member of Ziggurat, Dana has contributed to nearly every show as a performer, movement director, mask performance coach or assistant director since the company’s inception in 1996. Notable roles include multiple masked characters in the noir Kabara Sol, the broadsword-wielding warrior princess in the Russian folktale Maria Morevna, and as the wordless clown in the Middle Eastern goddess myth Ninshaba. She is responsible for leading physical theatre training and movement design for the Ensemble. Ziggurat was invited to premiere their new ensemble-devised play The Puzzle Box at the Season of Unusual Theatre Festival in Trois-Riviere, Quebec. Dana is also an Artistic Associate for the Bath and Camden Shakespeare Festivals in Maine. As an actress, Dana has performed in numerous original plays with Los Angeles’ ground-breaking Padua Playwrights Productions, including the world premieres of Murray Mednick’s Joe and Betty, Gary’s Walk and Clown Show for Bruno, as well as multiple projects and site-specific performances for award-winning playwright Sharon Yablon. She was a member of the dance-theatre ensemble Rosanna Gamson/World Wide for over a decade, with whom she created roles in Lovesickness, Grand Hope Flower, Ravish, and Again Not Again, touring and teaching at festivals including City Center (NYC), University of Colorado (Boulder), Columbia College (Chicago), Sushi Performance Art Center (San Diego), Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), and at the Madness in the Arts Festival (Toronto). She performed, toured and taught professionally as a member of the Dell’Arte Players in Journey of the Ten Moons and the world premiere of Paradise Lost, directed and designed by Guilio Cesare Perrone. Dana received her BA in English Literature and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University. She spent her Junior Year spring semester abroad as part of the prestigious British & European Studies Group – London (BESGL), studying Shakespeare, Classical Acting and Movement with faculty from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Central School of Speech and Drama and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts. Dana is a graduate of the Physical Theatre Training Program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where she trained with Joan Schirle, Michael Fields, Donald Forrest, Daniel Stein, Joe Dieffenbacher, Bruce Marrs and others. Other training includes scene study with the late Bobby Lewis (founder of the Group Theater) and Joan Macintosh (an original member of the Performing Garage); Suzuki/Viewpoints with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company; Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals with Peggy Hackney; and Acrobatics and Polyharmonies with Teatr Chorea of Lodz, Poland. She completed a 200-hour Teacher Training at Yogaworks in Los Angeles has embarked upon the process of training for assessment in the Iyengar Yoga tradition. Dana currently teaches yoga professionally. Dana has taught courses and delivered lectures in Mask Performance, Neutral Mask, Commedia and Grand Guignol at colleges and universities including the University of Southern Maine, University of Redlands and California Institute of the Arts. In 2015, she was the Warren Memorial Foundation Visiting Artist-In-Residence at the University of Southern Maine, where she led an intensive course in Mask Performance and guided the students in the creation of original Mask theatre. In 2009, she was a participant in The World as a Place of Truth Theatre Conference in Wroclaw, Poland, a UNESCO-sponsored event as part of the International Grotowski Festival. Dana currently teaches at the University of Southern Maine and for Acorn Productions, an acting studio in Portland, Maine.
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