Amaia Arana is a bilingual [Spanish/English] actor, writer, artist citizen, living in Brooklyn getting her MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program.
Amaia fell in love with storytelling through reading and exploring her wild imagination as a child. She grew up, fell in love with Shakespeare and followed him across the pond to BADA and landed back in Savannah, GA where she got her BFA in Acting from SCAD. She is a four time company member at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and her screen work has been featured in the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner and Art Basel Miami.
While visiting family in Argentina this summer, Amaia wrote her first short play, ECLIPSE de LUNA; a bilingual magic realism story inspired by her Basque/Argentine maternal grandfather, about a tailor and his love affair with 'la luna'. It's first staged reading was produced as part of NYU Grad Acting's Free Play Festival.
Amaia is excited by the re-telling of familiar stories and histories from the point of view of those who have previously been overlooked. She believes actors are empathy machines who are called to tell whole hearted, nuanced, complicated stories that change the minds and hearts of those who hear and see them.
When not on stage or set you can find her daydreaming in any coffee shop, bookstore, or flower shop.