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     Ilana Meredith was raised in Rockland County, N.Y. where she obsessed over Broadway musicals and plays. As a three year old, she had already (in her mind)  "mastered"  the songs and choreography to "Pippin," after watching the Ben Vereen version on VHS no less than a hundred times.   Her middle and high school years were consumed with play rehearsals and becoming a semi-professional Broadway backstage door groupie.  When she aged out of that promising career, she started training in Drama at N.Y.U., Tisch School of the Arts.  


      Throughout her four years at N.Y.U, she attended the CAP21 Musical Theatre Program, The Classical Studio, and the Experimental Theatre Wing.  During her years there and after graduating, she performed in tours, regional shows and summer stock companies.  Her most notable performances were as Sally Bowles in "Cabaret" at the Broward Stage Door Theatre (FL), Frenchy in "Grease" at The Shawnee Playhouse (PA), Mrs. Bleakman in Phoenix Production's National Tour of "Clifford The Big Red Dog", and various roles in Vanjo Production's National Tour of  "If This Hat Could Talk."  She has also done several voice-over commercials and appeared in the indie film "Let Them Chirp Awhile."  

     Ilana returned to school for her Master's Degree in Theatre Education at City College of N.Y.  and is currently a Drama Teacher / Theatre Director at Great Neck South High School on Long Island.  She has also continued to perform and take theatre classes in NYC.  Most recently, on camera, she can be seen in the Pena and Kahn law firm commercial "After The Crash" and the short film "Golden Brown" (Dir. Ben Fraternale).  She is also currently singing with the pianist / accordionist / clarinetist Joseph Rutkowski, at various venues throughout the NYC & Hudson Valley region.  This past year, she was seen performing at the Solar One Concert Series (NYC), The Starving Artist Teacher's Unleashed Cabaret (City Island, NY), The First United Methodist Church Concert Series (Hillsdale, NY), various assisted living centers on Long Island, and open mics at Club Helsinki (Hudson, NY) and The Howland Arts Center (Beacon, NY).   During quarantine, she has recorded numerous videos for Club Helsinki's virtual open mic night.    


     A "hit" in the indie improv scene (according to her own indie improv troupe), Ilana performed in basements of bars and other such glamorous venues with "Babyface" from 2012 - 2014, which was trained and coached by teachers at The Upright Citizens Brigade.  Since then, she has gone on to study at The Barrow Group (Professional Scene Study I - III, Monologue Workshop, and Directing)  She has also trained at The Movement Studio Theatre and The Funny School of Good Acting studying Bouffon, Clown, and Commedia Dell'Arte.


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