AMERICAN THEATRE

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AYANNA BERKSHIRE

Profession: Actor

Hometown: San Juan Islands, Wash.

Current home: Portland, Ore.

KNOWN FOR: Berkshire is a resident artist at Portland’s Artists Repertory Theatre, where she’s played Esther in Intimate Apparel, Shelley in Grand Concourse, and Robin in the world premiere of Wolf Play, written by Hansol Jung. At Portland Center Stage she played Judy in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Fans of the Twilight films may know her as Cora.

WHAT SHE’S WORKING ON: With help from a 2020 TCG Fox Fellowship grant, Berkshire says she wants to make her next season at Artists Rep all about “pushing the boundaries of my work and abilities through acting intensive workshops, both in the states and abroad, and addressing the question of racial identity for theatre professionals of color.”

“By measure of the volume and complexity of her roles in Portland, Ayanna Berkshire

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