Dana Dajani (Dan.a Daj.ann.i) n. a joyful girl, born in Amman, Jordan to a Syrian lawyer-painter and a Palestinian pacifist-engineer.


 


     Dana has spent her life cris-crossing the globe. She fell in love with theater at an early age in Texas. After moving 13 times, to places as far away as Oregon and Saudi Arabia, Dana found herself in Lawrence, Kansas where she attended the University of Kansas for the first two years of her undergraduate career, acting in many productions with Paul Lim’s  English Alternative Theater. 


 


     At 19, Dana left KU to explore her professional career in Chicago. During her semester off, Dana acted in many films, such as Michael Mann’s Public Enemies and a plethora of student shorts. Through these student directors, Dana discovered Columbia College Chicago. She transferred to the School of Theatre and graduated magna cum laude in May of 2010 with Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theater, emphasis in Acting.


 


     Since then, Dana has gone on to work with many professional theater companies in the Midwest, including The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis where she work-shopped Mona Mansour’s play that combines Palestinian romance, the poetry of Wordsworth, and the Suez crisis into The Hour of Feeling.  Dana also collaborated with Adventure Stage Chicago to play the role of Ittifaq in the North American premiere of Sinbad: The Untold Tale


 


     Dana has worked as a dramaturg to develop new works such as Yasmina’s Necklace by Rohina Malik, a play about Iraqi refugees, Puerto Rican Muslims and arranged marriage. Some of Dana’s favorite collaborations in Chicago have been not-for-profit, and include devising a performance about the moon, in order to raise money for the organization Dramatic Need, bringing theatre to under-privileged children in South Africa. 


 


     In 2011, Dana relocated her artistic home to Dubai, UAE where she is eager to infuse her energy to cultivate new works, not just about the Arab world, but from within it. She can be seen performing in English and Arabic films, television series, and commercials across the MENA region, as well as on stage: presenting her original solo performances and acting in theatrical productions. Dana also writes for Dubai’s local arts publication, Quint, and can be spotted around Dubai reciting her poetry with the Poeticians, or collaborating to create Floetry with singer Layla Khodjasteh and various musicians.


 


     As founder of The Human Spirit Project, Dana is dedicated to creative storytelling which highlights the resilience of the human spirit. Through the production of international events, film, and theatrical performances THSP aims to bridge cultures by drawing out their similarities, which outweigh perceived differences. THSP also creates original content for acquisition and distribution.


 


     While exploring the social values from current cultures to traditional customs, and employing speech and sound, shape and symbol, music, dance and gesture— The Human Spirit Project will evaluate what is the human need that d(e)rives performance?


 


     Recently in an event called “Recognizing Palestine”, THSP raised 3,000GBP to send to Medical Aid for Palestinians. Keep up with The Human Spirit Project on Facebook


 


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