Dana was born and raised in Cincinnati and is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in both Theatre and English Literature. Her parents are both originally from Tennessee, making her an honorary southerner! After college, Dana lived abroad in London and in 2006 moved to NYC where she's been working as an actress, singer, and voice-over artist ever since.
Dana recently starred as Effie White in the Off-Broadway premiere of Alien vs. Musical in January 2019. Next up is the premiere of the new play I Carry Your Heart at 59E59 Theatres. She performed Endangered! The Musical at The Davenport Theatre as Bamboo the Superstar Panda, from July - December 2017 without missing one performance. From January - February 2018, she played Harriet Tubman, et al in the Off-Broadway premiere of One Nation, One Mission, One Promise at The Players Theatre.
Other recent roles include: Maya in Imperfect and Important by Jahna Ferron-Smith (NYIT Nomination for Best Short Play), Nurse in Skylar by Jonathan Galvez as part of the 2018 NY International Fringe Festival, Bishop Carlisle, et al in Richard II at Nash Studios, Sarah in the musical, Zuccotti Park, directed by Luis Salgado (Broadway's On Your Feet!) and Judith Carlisle in Spoon River at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn. Other roles include: Pope Joan/Nell in Top Girls and Bianca in Paula Vogel's Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief.
Dana will be providing the voice of Flutter, a recurring character on the Nickelodeon/Nick Jr. show, Nella the Princess Knight, for season 2 and has provided commercial voice work for companies like Arm & Hammer, OxiClean, Comcast, and The Whitney Museum of Modern Art. She has enjoyed acting in several commercials - most notably a national ad for the company, Fathead, co-starring with NFL star Odell Beckham, Jr.
Her television and film work includes a Co-Star role in Season 2 of The Deuce on HBO, principal roles in the award winning features, By Any Means (Triventure Films/dir: Leighton Spence), About a Donkey (CongestedCat Productions/dir: Christina Raia), the short films Louie's Brother Peter (And/With Creative/dir: Steven Carmona), The Interning (10:30 Productions/Samrat Chakrabarti) and a leading role in the upcoming Revelations (CongestedCat Productions/dir: Kelsey Rauber).
As a singer, Dana performs regularly in cabarets at various venues including: The Duplex (LaTiDo Productions), Broadway Comedy Club (On The Spot), and The West End Lounge (Once More With Feeling - a Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical parody). She made her Feinstein's/54 Below debut in Hallmarc's A Christmas Murder (dir: Tim Drucker), and has sung for galas at Le Poisson Rouge.