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Ivana Shein

An actress and writer who lives in Los Angeles, and is from Toronto

Ivana started writing her own jokes when she appeared on the "Last Comic Standing" style TV talent competition show "Sketch Troop", for which she was a member of the winning team. She would go on to appear at major comedy festivals including the celebrated Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. She also intensified her focus on writing, studying playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada.
Big screen credits include: Lucky McKee's "The Woods" with Patricia Clarkson Richard J. Lewis' Oscar nominated "Barney's Version" with Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman and McKee's "Red" with Brian Cox and Tom Sizemore. Television credits include a recurring role on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" and CBS's "Person of Interest" and a lead in the award winning hulu series "The Division". Her play "Single", directed by Amir Arison, was part of last year's IAMAFEST, and she got to return to The Just For Laughs Festival, in 2013 with her one woman show "Faking It". "Faking It" had a run later that year in Hollywood .

Ivana also works as a private writing teacher and script consultant. She is currently on the faculty of the playwriting program of The National Theatre School of Canada.