At age 6 Dana began performing on stage, in the professional production of Wizard of Oz at the Rialto Square Theater in Chicago. Dana split her childhood between the city streets of Chicago, the foothills of Santa Fe, and beaches of San Diego.
Of Italian, German, and Creole descent, Dana draws inspiration from the dynamics of her diverse familial cultures and strong-minded matriarchs. At an early age, her younger sister, Gina, was diagnosed with a degenerative disease. Deeply affected by the connection with her sister, Dana is fascinated by the dynamics, bonds, and intricacies of female relationships.
Dana’s feature film career began in 2004 when she was cast as the lead in the indie teen-thriller Tied Up. Her standout performance soon led to other indie feature opportunities and eventually landed her the lead role in the A&E Pilot True Tales, Directed by Nick Copus in 2009. Along the way, Dana also began developing her own creative content. In 2010 she produced and starred in the Beauty TV original web series Water Signs.
A theater lover at heart, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2014. There she studied classical theater, theater performance, and directing with some of Chicago and New York’s theater elite; including the legendary Sheldon Patinkin and Maggie Flanigan. Captivated by human behavior, she has also studied Social Psychology.
Now happily back in Los Angeles, Dana recently founded Birdy Fox Films where she continues to develop and produces original content.