Biography

Jana Robbins graduated from Stephen's College with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater and returned there as the Guest Artistic Director at their OKOBOJI SUMMER THEATRE. Just prior to that she directed the West Coast Premier of CUPS at The Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center for Theater League and subsequently at the Aventura Theater in Florida through The Broward Performing Arts Center. Other directing credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART (in which she appeared on Broadway) at her alma mater Stephens College as well as a production at Gettysburg College in Pa.

Jana began her directing career when she choreographed THE CZAR OF ROCK AND ROLL for The New York Stage and Film Company at The West Bank Café in New York and subsequently worked on the show at The New York Stage and Film Company. Later, while appearing on Broadway in GYPSY, Jana produced and directed the GYPSYcompany's AIDS Benefit starring Tyne Daly, and the cast of GYPSY, featuring Jule Styne center stage on a white grand piano.

When GYPSY closed on Broadway, Jana continued directing with productions of OUT THE WINDOW at Theater Geo in LA, and DOMESTIC VIOLENCE by Frederick Stropple, for which she received a DramaLogue Award as Best Director.

Jana developed and directed THE PARTICIPANT written by and starring Dayton Callie of TV's DEADWOOD which was nominated for a Best Solo Performance Award by LA Weekly.

Jana Robbins
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Through the auspices of The Times Square Group, Jana taught inner city school children and directed them in A CHANGE OF HEART at the Soho Playhouse with guest star Andre De Sheilds, and BREAKING THE SILENCE at The Players Theater.

New York staged readings include Karen Zeimba in a staged reading of THE CHOSEN WIFE and Pablo Schrieber, Kieran Campion and Hannah Yelland in THE JAZZ AGE.

Jana directed LITTLE WOMEN (which she also produced on Broadway) at her alma mater Stephens College, a Women's College, in Columbia, Mo., and again at Cal State Fullerton in California.

Jana is a recipient of the Jewish National Fund's prestigious "Tree Of Life Award."

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