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"Armina LaManna’s brilliant stagecraft… her flamboyant (in the best sense of the word) use of flowing drapes, the moments of frozen action, and her bridge scene— Grusha descends from scaffolding to walk precariously across the arms of the ensemble—punctuate Brecht’s play with moments of brilliant spectacle. Excellently staged." -BroadStreetReview
"LaManna’s deliberate pacing helps to create an overall sense of unease, as though the actors have lost themselves in the characters, who, in turn, have lost themselves inside a twisted, waking nightmare… taking the 90-minute one-act to even creepier depths." - Backstage West
Armina LaManna began her career in the theatre at the age of six at the Young Adult Musical Theatre Academy in the former USSR, where she performed in Gluck’s Orpheus and Euridice, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Debussy’s The Nutcracker, among others. Since then she went on to study, perform and later teach in America and Russia.
Armina is the Founder of Imagine Project - LA County's only Equity theatre dedicated solely to children's programming.
Armina’s directing credits include: A Woman of No Importance and Fast & Loose at Sacred Fools, The Maids at ETC, Who's Your Baghdaddy?, Red Light Winter and Pushkin at Boldino at The Chance Theatre’s On the Radar Series, We Wait for Moving Arts‘ The Car Plays at Radar LA, The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Temple Theatres, Pushkin at Boldino at the Philly Fringe, A Lie of the Mind, together with The Zoo Story and Hello Out There at Temple Theatres, Little Armenia at The Fountain Theatre, along with An Ideal Husband, A Marriage Proposal, Silenced and Heart in the Ground in Los Angeles; also Three Simple Words for Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Other credits: P.L.A.Y., Middle Passage, Circumference of a Squirrel at the Mark Taper Forum’s New Work Festival. Stage managing credits include the InterAct Theatre (Phila), The Colony Theatre, The Fountain Theatre, Groundlings 30th Anniversary at the Henry Fonda Theatre, the Los Angeles Repertory Co., The Interact Theatre (Los Angeles), the Grove Theatre Center, the Great American Playwriting Series, and the Pasadena Shakespeare Co. Armina’s writing and translation/adaptation credits include The Tale of Turandot, Pushkin at Boldino, Gogol’s The Government Inspector for The Lantern Theatre, Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard.
Proud member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers, Actors' Equity Association and The Dramatists Guild, and a passionate advocate for respecting artists in the theatre by ensuring that a career in the theatre can be a livelihood.
Education: M.F.A. in Directing from Temple University; B.A. in Directing from CSU Fullerton, Russian Theatre Arts Academy (Russia), and Musical Theatre Academy (USSR). LaManna is a recipient of the Samuel S. Fels Fund Grant for Dramaturgy in 2007, and several Certificates of Merit for Directing from KC/ACTF.
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