Dana Wieluns Legawiec is a professional actress and movement coach with over two decades’ experience working with ensembles in Los Angeles, New York and internationally. An original founding member of Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, she has contributed to nearly every show as a performer, movement coach/choreographer, mask performance coach or assistant director. 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 for the Ensemble, and also teaches physical theatre and yoga professionally. 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. She was also a member of the dance-theatre ensemble Rosanna Gamson/World Wide for over a decade, with whom she created roles in projects including Lovesickness, Grand Hope Flower, Ravish, and Again Not Again, touring and teaching at festivals including New York’s City Center, University of Colorado in Boulder, Chicago’s Columbia College and at the Madness in the Arts Festival in Toronto, Canada.
Dana received her BA in English Literature and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University. She is a graduate of the Physical Theatre Training Program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. She’s studied with Bobby Lewis, Joan Macintosh, Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. She’s taught courses and delivered lectures in Mask Performance, Neutral Mask and Commedia at colleges and universities including the University of Southern Maine, University of Redlands, and California Institute of the Arts. 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. She is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity Association.