Alanna G. Rex
Joined Ensemble in 2017
First Show: The NSA's Guide to Sex and Love
Most recent show: Theatre Roulette 2017
Scholar, maker of things, and, most certainly, lover of life are all titles ascribed easily to Alanna, who works actively to find the connection between the seemingly disparate in her scholarship and art by researching, creating, and living in liminality. Inspired by experiences as a print and beauty model and an unrelenting female scholar of color in white-dominated spaces, her previous research, projects, and presentations include explorations of the literary Dark Lady, the sadomasochism of beauty, and the visibility of the marginal in cultural storytelling. In 2014, she toured the U.S. to present her ideas at Louisiana State University, the University of Dayton, Drew University, and the 2014 Awaken Women of Excellence Leadership Conference.
In 2017, Alanna was honored with the Social Change and Community Philanthropist Award by the University of Dayton Alumni Association by the way of RWH Press for her dedication to working for the rights of women and girls. In conjunction with the award, the City of Columbus and the Ohio House of Representatives recognized Alanna for her commitment and dedication to raising awareness and creating solutions to address social injustices.
In addition to MadLab, Alanna's other affiliations include Aharen Honryu Wa No Kai where she studies classical and traditional Okinawan dance under Grand Master Kazuku Chibana Volkmar and the Columbus division of Equipe Capoeira Brasileira under the direction of Mestre Peninha.
When she is not working on a project or performing, Alanna enjoys writing lyrical essays, singing, painting, and birdwatching.
You can read more about Alanna here and here.