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Introducing Dana Fares

With an intriguing ethnic makeup of Italian, German, and Creole decent, Dana grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago with a large extended family. Her parents, Kathy and David Fares, were High School sweethearts who remain together today. Her mother and father both came from low-income families and were their respective family’s first generation of college graduates. Dana attributes her creativity, determination and entrepreneurial spirit to the example her parents set through their dedication to education, commitment to excellence in their own careers, and the enduring love they show for one-another.


At age 6 Dana began performing on stage, in the professional production of Wizard of Oz at the Rialto Square Theater in Chicago. At 8, a deep curiosity about different cultures and an insatiable love for adventure were instilled in Dana when her family made a life-changing move to the foothills of Eldorado, New Mexico, a small village near culturally influential Santa Fe. Four years later, Dana’s family again relocated, this time to San Diego in search of medical treatment for her younger sister Gina who had been diagnosed with a degenerative disease. The experience of witnessing her sister’s battle with Mitochondria Myopathy dramatically shaped Dana’s attitude and perspective toward life, helping her to become the focused, expressive artist she is today.


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.


Inspired by a conversation with Robert Davi during the filming of One in the Gun, Dana left Hollywood in 2011 to study acting in San Diego, Chicago and New York. While studying, Dana fell in love with theater, eventually starring in over 15 stage productions between 2012 and 2016. While earning a BA in theater from Columbia College Chicago, Dana studied with Sheldon Patinkin, Tom Mula, Andi Dymond, Maggie Flanigan, and other quintessential artists of the New York and Chicago theater scene. These visionaries developed her ability to work successfully in many different artistic mediums.


Now happily back in Los Angeles, Dana continues to produce original content and honing her craft as an actor.


Driven by her deep commitment to social service, social change, and social justice, Dana puts her powerful public speaking skills to use as a Violence Prevention Specialist and Survivor Advocate with Peace Over Violence; a Los Angeles based organization that is dedicated to advocating for young women and men, and focused on building healthy relationships, families and communities free from oppression, abuse and interpersonal violence. As a Counselor Advocate, Dana delivers presentations and leads interactive discourse at schools and with community groups on the issues of racism, oppression, intersectionality, sexual assault, sexual harassment, and relationship violence. Dana is committed to raising societal awareness about these issues as well as providing concrete tools to the youth for reducing the incidence of interpersonal violence and replacing it with healthy, productive relationships. Dana previously served as a professional crisis counselor for five years, and was recognized by the California State Legislature for her service and commitment. 

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Balanced Living

Raised on the whole-foods, sustainable principles, natural products, and the practice of Yoga, Dana is a natural living advocate who embraces natural beauty, self-expression and healthy living.  She is a successful yoga instructor, whose commitment to the practice and study of yoga earned her the award of “Best Yoga Instructor” by the publication, Chicago Reader.


Driven by her desire to spread the benefits of yoga and healthy eating, Dana offers free downloadable yoga series, promotes body positivity, natural beauty, and offers tips for balanced living and healthy eating on her signature blog Yoga Before Coffee.


A certified sommelier, recipe creator, and an expert in food pairing, Dana’s love for food and wine is inspired by her Northern Italian and Louisiana Creole heritage. Raised on a diet of Mediterranean and vegetarian soul-food, Dana’s recipes and pairings are vibrant, creative, and whole food based. Growing up, Dana’s large family would all gather together on Friday nights to give thanks, enjoy food and drinks, and joke with each other. This instilled a strong sense of joy in sharing life experiences over food. She is known in the Mixology industry for her health focused low-proof cocktail creations and often guest stars on podcast and sits on panels discussing the importance of offering lower alcohol options in the bar industry.

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Columbia College Chicago


Studies included: Acting (Shakespeare, Stanalovsky, Hagan, Meisner and Improv), Voice/Speech/Dialects, Stage Combat, Mask, Movement (Laban, Feldenkris, Mime, Clowning, Boal) Dance (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, African)

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CRAIG NOEL AWARD NOMINATION for Outstanding Featured Female Performance in

Airline Highway

KENNEDY CENTER IRENE RYAN AWARD – For performances in Caucasian Chalk Circle,

House of Blue Leaves, and Dark at the Top of the Stairs

KCACTF – 2011 Semi-Finalist Region 8, 2012 Finalist Region 8

BODY OF WORK AWARD – Mira Costa Theater 2012


Dialects: British RP, New York, Brooklyn, Various Southern

Certified Vinyasa and Yin Yoga Instructor

Dance: Modern, Salsa, Ballet

Physical: Comedy, Improvisation, Combat, Boxing, Running, Rollerblading

California State Legislature recognized Crisis Counselor

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