Ayanna Berkshire



Ayanna’s career goals have always been to do great work, develop truthful, dynamic characters, and to work alongside outstanding colleagues; she has been extremely lucky on all counts. Originally from the remote San Juan Islands, Ayanna has been performing for audiences since the age of 3. As a Resident Artist of Artists Rep and full-time performing artist, Ayanna splits her work between stage and screen, ever on the hunt for new ways to explore a story. The 2018/19 season marks her fourth season with Artists Rep, with a whopping four shows this season alone: Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, Teenage Dick by Mike Lew, Wolf Play by Hansol Jung and The Revolutionists, by Lauren Gunderson. Ayanna's previous works at Artists Rep include: Small Mouth SoundsBetween Riverside and CrazyAn OctoroonThe Importance of Being EarnestA Civil War ChristmasGrand ConcourseThe UnderstudyIntimate Apparel, and Race. Other stage works include: The Scottsboro Boys (Ahmenson Theatre - Los Angeles), Back Bog Beast Bait, Bang, Curtain. End of Show, and The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador (defunkt theatre), Fuente Ovejuna (Milagro), The Tales of Canterbury (Ensemble Loupan), and more. Film and TV credits include: Lean on PeteTwilightExtraordinary MeasuresWendy and LucySay UncleThe Dust FactoryThe Record Keeper, American VandalChicago PDPortlandiaGrimmParenthoodCastleGrey’s AnatomyAwakeLeverageCurb Your Enthusiasm, and Significant  Mother. Coming in 2019: In the Vault and Documentary Now! (Netflix), and the films Resound and Boundary Springs! Member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Ayanna would like to thank you for actively supporting the arts!