Saranna Rotgard is an American film and theater actor, opera singer, and flutist, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. From a young age, she displayed exceptional musical acumen and pursued flute, piano, and voice training at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and the Third Street Music School Settlement. Saranna established herself as a rising young musician, and was invited to the Manhattan School of Music's Summer Precollege, which she attended throughout grade school.
Saranna was accepted to New York's famed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she maintained a 4.0 while holding leading roles in the school's operas, and was often a featured soloist in the school's elite Symphonic Choir. Upon graduation, she received the award for "Most Outstanding Graduate in a Studio: Vocal Music," the school's highest recognition of artistic achievement.
Granted acceptance to an array of the nation's leading conservatories, Saranna chose to attend Boston's prestigious New England Conservatory of Music to study opera.
While at the conservatory, Saranna became fascinated by the neural processes that encode music in the brain. She took a hiatus from her formal education to study science independently, and quickly landed a position in a laboratory at Columbia University Medical Center as research assistant. However, after acquiring funding from institutional, state, and federal grants, she was given the green light to spearhead her own project in molecular neuroscience. Saranna was accepted to, and enrolled in, Barnard College, one of the four undergraduate colleges of Columbia University.
A life-long tenant of the stage, Saranna found acting to be a home for her diverse background upon discovering the work of Lee Strasberg and his acting technique best known as "the Method." Saranna's work as a musician and as a scientist allowed her an almost empathic response to his philosophies and procedures. She studies at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and considers herself a devoted Method actor. Saranna studied with the late Irma Sandrey until Sandrey's death in 2016.
Within her first year working as a full-time actor, Saranna held leading and supporting roles in nineteen short films, and one of two leads in her first feature film, "The Library."
She devotes rigorous daily practice to her craft, and continues to seek out films and roles that challenge her, push her, and excite her creatively.
Name: Saranna Rotgard
Lives in: New York City, New York
Occupation: Actor, Singer, Musician and Director
Unique traits: Large, curly red hair