Wanlass Visiting Director, Fall 2022
Alana Dietze is an LA-based director, actor and Associate Artistic Director of the Echo Theater Company. KCRW’s Anthony Byrnes said: “Ms. Dietze has directed a string of plays at the Echo, including Dry Land and A Small Fire, that have provided tender, poignant and fierce windows on the female experience. If you don’t know her work, you should.” Some of this work with the Echo includes the world premiere of Poor Clare (9 LADCC Nominations including Production and Direction), The Wolves (LADCC Winner for Ensemble, Ovation Nominations for Production, Direction and Ensemble, LA Times Critic’s Pick, Stage Raw Nominations for Director, Production, Ensemble and Supporting Female Performance), Dry Land (Ovation Winner for Best Production - Intimate Theater, nomination for Leading Actress, 4 Stage Raw Nominations including Director and Production and 1 LADCC Nomination). Dry Land was subsequently remounted at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theater Group’s inaugural Block Party program (7 Ovation nominations including Best Director and Best Production - Large Theater). Other directing work includes The Found Dog Ribbon Dance (part of the Echo’s 2017 Ovation nomination for Best Season), A Small Fire (4 Ovation nominations,1 LADCC nomination, 2 Stage Raw nominations), Ripe Frenzy (NNPN Rolling World Premiere for Greenway Ct. Theater - LA Times Critic's Pick), as well as numerous workshops, short plays and readings for EST/LA, Occidental College, Moving Arts, Public Assembly, Antaeus and more. She has also served as a Dramaturg for CTG's L.A. Writers Workshop Festival. Some of her recent and favorite work as an actor includes The Recital (Monkspace), Charlotte Stay Close (EST/LA), Gloria (Stage Raw Winner - Comedy Ensemble, Echo), An Undivided Heart (Echo), Fugue (Echo), Everything Will Be Different (Ovation nominations for Leading Actress, Ensemble, Production, Echo), The Red Letter Plays (Illyrian Players), The Devil's Wife (Skylight), and The Hillary Game (Padua Playwrights). She holds a BA in Theater from Occidental College.