Lana Richards is a New York City based director and California native. Her work ranges in scope from developing new plays alongside playwrights, to adaptation, to site integrative work. She has worked with We Players, The Civilians, The Hearth, Ruthless Nightingale, Parallel 45 and Pacific Repertory Theater, and is a founding member of The Wickies. Most recently she was the 2019 Directing Fellow at Parallel 45 Theater. She has been an artist-in-residence at The Dragon's Egg and The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Lana is an alumna of Connecticut College where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Theater and Goodwin-Niering Center Certificate in Environmental Studies. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Research Fellow and a recipient of the Crabtree Award for leadership and excellence in theater making. She has trained with SITI Company, The Michael Chekhov Association, Bread and Puppet, Complicite, and at the National Theater Institute for Advanced Directing.
Recent credits include: Hair (asst. dir. to Kit McKay) and Little Bunny Foo Foo (assist. dir. to Katherine Carter) at Parallel 45, My Girl by Anna Nemetz and Allison Snyder (co-developer) at Dixon Place, Arabella by Jamie Semel at Planet Connections Theater Festivity, Ithaca: a solo performance by Paola Pilnik at Electric Lodge, In the Spotlight by Lindsey Ruzza at Connecticut College (post-grad hire), Their Blood is Strong: a site-integrative exploration of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, and Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl at Connecticut College.
Lana is a big fan of John Steinbeck, large scale land art, and really good pancakes.