Ilana Charnelle Gelbart is a dazzling story teller and slick chanteuse who brings heartfelt emotion and simmering style to every performance. Ilana graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) from Monash University in 2012, appearing in shows including ‘Blood Wedding’, Loveplay’ and ‘The 39 Steps’. In 2014 her performance as Kat in Daniel Lammin’s ‘The Cutting Boys’ was praised as “the stand out performance… such skill that I still get goose bumps when I think of it” (Theatre People).
As a singer/ songwriter, Ilana brings the slick crooner stylings of Old Hollywood stars into a post-Taylor Swift era of tongue-in-cheek confessionals. Alongside musical director Ned Dixon, Charnelle shares stories of heart-wrenching vulnerability as well as outspoken, empowering anthems in a Dita-Von-Teese-meets-Doris-Day combination that will leave you wanting more.
Ilana has previously performed at festivals including Adelaide Fringe Festival (2015), Melbourne Fringe Festival (2015, 2014), and at venues including Federation Square, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), The Butterfly Club, Red Bennies, and Burlesque Bar. Her 2011 self-released debut EP, ‘Speakeasy’, was praised as, “a must have” and “simply beautiful”, and was given a five star rating on iTunes. On YouTube, the original songs and ‘jazzified’ covers published on her channel have received over 250, 000 views.
Ilana is also an accredited paraprofessional Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter and has been involved in the Deaf community for the past five years. She is committed to making theatre accessible for the Deaf community.
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