Ilana Charnelle Gelbart is a seasoned screen and stage actor. Ilana’s onscreen appearances began at age eight in ABC’s Round The Twist and continued with roles in popular programs including Jeopardy, Summer Heights High and Utopia. A graduate of Monash University, Ilana achieved a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Honours) in 2012. She performed regularly with the Monash University Student Theatre company, with lead roles in shows including Blood Wedding, Loveplay and The 39 Steps.  Since graduating in 2012, she has been an active member of the Melbourne independent theatre scene, appearing at festivals including Melbourne Fringe Festival (2017, 2015, 2014), Adelaide Fringe Festival (2015), and Anywhere Theatre Festival (2015) and at venues including Federation Square, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), and The Butterfly Club.  In 2014, her performance of 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).

Ilana performs regularly as a jazz era-inspired chanteuse and storyteller, creating biting confessional cabarets with musical director Ned Dixon. She has released two full length albums, the first a live album of her cabaret A Class Actand her latest a studio recording of her show Play Nice featuring a three-piece band. On YouTube, her original songs and ‘jazzified’ covers have received over 230,000 views.

Ilana is also a Certified Provisional Auslan (Australian Sign Language) interpreter, gaining her NAATI qualification in 2015. Having been involved in the Deaf community for the past six years, Ilana is committed to making theatre accessible for the Deaf community, and is a co-founder of the bilingual theatre company Deafferent Theatre.

Click here to see Ilana’s CV //Ilana C Gelbart CV 2018