Lana Russell is a producer, director and arts administrator focusing on artistic programming, new play development and advocacy. She is committed to producing, reimagining and advocating for theater that is artist and community driven, challenges our perception of possibility and that is empowering in practice, process and performance. She has directed, produced and/or developed plays with The Fifth Avenue Theatre, The Civilians, The Lark, Primary Stages, New Georges, Cal Shakes, The Public Theater of San Antonio, All For One, Naked Angels, Gettysburg College, Bedlam, New York Stage and Film and Boradway and Beyond Theatricals. Lana is also the current creator and Director of OP Forward at The Orchard Project, developing and producing programming that focuses on building empowering and action driven futures for artists beyond the developmental art making stage. OPF reimagines and reframes theater’s resources in order to form new collaborations between industries and expand the potential for further growth of new work in theatre, audio and TV storytelling. Lana is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and holds a MFA in Directing from The New School and a BA in Theater from University of California, Irvine.