A native Texan, Dana received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a graduate degree in business from Harvard before deciding to return to her childhood passion of acting. She then went back to school for the last time (she hopes) to earn her MFA in classical theatre from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
She has appeared off-Broadway and regionally at the John Houseman Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Expanded Arts, Irish-American Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Studio City Players (Los Angeles), Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and Shakespeare at Winedale (Austin). She was nominated “Best Featured Actress -- New Jersey Theatre Season” by the Star-Ledger, and has received critical praise for her work on stage.
Dana has had the pleasure of working with many talented actors, directors and playwrights in New York and regional theatre and has originated roles in many new works in addition to tackling some classics. On film, she has appeared in a number of roles ranging from a Russian prostitute to the angelic heroine, Corey Ten Boom. Her short film, BUST, directed by Duncan Rogers and featuring Dan Lauria, marked her professional film debut as writer/producer/actor. For more info, visit www.danabenningfield.com
Name: Dana Benningfield
Lives in: New York City, New York
Unique traits: Petite frame and features.