Shakespeare Monologue--Coach lena Workshop
Resilience Charter School | fl, USA
Over the past month, these incredibly hardworking students were memorizing their Shakespeare monologues--I had the privilege of spicing them up. We went over how to be powerful in our slates, discussed the challenges of Shakespeare in general, and went to work on the theme: why is struggle important to experience in our monologues? And let me tell you, these students know how to fight for what they want.
Why acting is the best thing i've done
By Lena Sakalla | The roaring economist
Everytime someone asks me why I act, I tell them because it makes me more human. Beyond just the stories, I'm asked to constantly exercise vulnerability, emotional intelligence, analysis skills and more to be a human. Being a fully-fledged human? Yeah, that's the hardest thing I've done. Read the whole article here.
Joining the Dissonance Team!
By Marci J. Duncan in collaboration with Kerry Sandell
Joining one of my mentor's on their tour with this INCREDIBLE two-woman show! I am loving every second of it as I am wearing a few hats: administrator, researcher, outreach, and social media. This is more than a show--it's part of a movement. Two women. Twenty years. One conversation. Check out our Facebook and Instagram to see where we're heading next!
A Christmas Carol
adapted By Niall mcginty | Hippodrome Reg. Theatre | fl, usa
This show was a blast! I jumped in a week before opening to Understudy and perform Belle, Mrs. Cratchit, Solicitor, and Partier. It was the quickest experience, but such a thrill to work with such a talented, sweet group. The range of this track in doing some cartoon-like comedy as Solicitor, heartbreak with Belle, and fire with Mrs. Cratchit was exhilarating and challenging in the most rewarding way. I am featured in this review!
Play Readings for Teens
Hippodrome Regional Theatre | fl, usa
I supported my mentor and creator of the program, Gabby Byam in facilitating one of the group meetings where teenage performers gather to read and discuss shows for the following Summer Spectacular Season. It's an ingenious way of not only harnessing these teens' interest, but also nurturing their critical thinking and communication abilities.
Coach lena workshops
Buchholz High School | fl, USA
Over the course of 6 weeks, I hosted a Q&A about theatre abroad, facilitated and created voice workshops and Laban/movement workshop, and coached students for their upcoming Districts competition. It was all so exciting and the students were so lovely! It was amazing to inspire the next generation of artists. My favorite part was seeing their reactions during our exercises.
La promesa de la revolució
BY the freedom theatre | catalonia, spain
This script is compiled of stories of Palestinian artists living under the occupation of Israel. Shedding light on the reality. We translated the original version from English to Catalan with the permission of the Freedom Theatre and staged the production at the Kursaal Theatre in Catalonia. The process of this show was sweat, blood, and tears with my co-director and dear friend, Cris Sorokin. I can't imagine having a better team for this show!
BY BERTA VIDAL, ÁGNES KOZMA, LENA SAKALLA, AGNÈS GARCÍA, MERI COLILLES, NATT CALVIÑO | catalonia, spain
Culpable had its world premiere at the Kursaal as a mystery drama show created and directed by myself and the ladies above. It revolved around the overdose of Cris' brother and the girls trying to discover who was at fault for this event. Working in 3 different languages and with 6 creative minds was a process where we all learned how to give, take, and work as a team.
REVOLTA DE BRUIXES
BY Josep MAria BENET AND JORNET | catalonia, spain
Revolta de Bruixes was directed by Jofre Borràs and assistant directed by Aina Cots at the Kursaal. This show was my second one in a foreign language (Catalan)! We also performed in two festivals around Catalonia, in front of a few thousand people--my favorite part was conveying drama in 2 languages and touching the audience even when there were parts they linguistically didn't even catch. The power of the truth is everything!
A taste of Theatre abroad with lena
Online workshop with Hippodrome regional theatre | FL, usa
Taste of Theatre Abroad allowed participants to explore acting techniques, such as mask work and character development that would give aspiring thespians an exciting edge for their next American theatrical project. This workshop would dive into eclectic European theatre training specific to the Catalan region of Spain that highlights the performer's essence and imagination as an actor, while focusing on how to do less for a greater storytelling impact.
adapted by Marta Aliguer | catalonia, spain
El Camp (The Country) by Martin Crimp was directed by Mar Casas Dire at the Kursaal. This was my first show in Catalan and it was such a thrill! The amount of nerves for this show made me feel like I was 14 again and performing in front of an audience for the first time. I started this process not even being able to read a sentence in Catalan...
one woman show: Casper
by lena sakalla | catalonia, spain
I wrote and performed a one woman show about a ghost named Casper who just wanted to become friends with the family downstairs on Halloween. This interactive show is meant for young ESL audience members ages 5-16. They did an incredible job as well!
international poetry: a saturday of spoken word
In this online poetry showcase, I collaborated with Rabbit Hole Television and performed an excerpt from my poetry book, 24 hours in YOU-topia, now available at Blurb, Apple bookstore, and Barnes and Noble!