Ilana Charnelle Gelbart is a seasoned screen and stage actor. 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), The Butterfly Club, Red Bennies, and Burlesque Bar.  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’s onscreen appearances began at an early age with featured roles in BBC’s Jeopardy and popular ABC programs including Round The Twist, Summer Heights High and Utopia. Ilana also performs regularly as a jazz era-inspired chanteuse and storyteller, creating biting confessional cabarets with musical director Ned Dixon. In 2011, her debut EP Speakeasy was praised as, “a must have” and “simply beautiful”, and was given a five star rating on iTunes.  She has since also released a live album of her cabaret A Class Act and will be releasing a full-length studio album in 2018. On YouTube, the original songs and ‘jazzified’ covers published on her channel have received over 250,000 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