Kiana is a Taiwanese-Canadian theatre artist born and raised in Moh’kins’tsis on Treaty 7 territory or what we now call, Calgary, Alberta. Graduating Central Memorial High Schools’ Performing and Visual Arts program in Theatre Arts gave her the knowledge, skills, and connections to pursue a career in the arts. With mentorship from the Calgary theatre community, Kiana was able to assistant-direct, co-write original plays, direct her own ensemble piece, self-produce, teach classes to young audiences and of course, perform with fellow artists, students, and mentors.
She moved to New York City in 2016 to pursue her formal acting training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in the Evening Conservatory program. Kiana studied foundational classes like Voice & Speech, Movement, Scene Study, Acting for the Camera and Shakespeare, alongside specialty classes like Adler Technique, Commedia Dell’Arte, Physical Storytelling, Lucid Body and Stage Combat.
Her favourite character studies include The Whale, A Doll’s House, Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love them, Mourning Becomes Electra, Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Kiana has since built a body of work in film and tv, assistant directed, published an essay on diversity in film and tv, wrote and produced her first short play, Half Empty; Half Full at two different festivals in New York, and performed in between it all. She takes a keen interest in Viewpoints, Lucid Body and devised work that is powered by diversity.
She is currently co-producing at Verb Theatre, a member of the Inside Out Theatre staff, and a board member for Swallow-A-Bicycle Theatre, who are all based out of Calgary.