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HANNAH SULAK (?)

First off, I'm so happy you're here. Secondly, here's a bit about what makes me up...

I believe strongly in the power of story, the connective way our human nature yearns for it... needs it. It is a joy to join the intricacies of myself, and those of a character. Learning and navigating both strong and swirling inner worlds.

When I think of my own narrative, I have to believe some core things. One, that I am enough. Two, that I can't get "me" wrong. And three, it's all so much bigger than me. 

 

HISTORY:

I was born to a mother who is a labor and delivery nurse, and a father who was a firefighter. Dinner table conversations were quite something. I'm the third born in a family of six. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. Being the middle youngest comes with a range of dynamics and experiences. I experienced oldest middle and youngest at different stages of our youth. 

 

We grew up in the Pacific Northwest - Bellingham, Washington to be specific, just a few miles south of the Canadian border. For most of my childhood we were raised on trees and books and wild gardens that never wanted or waited for a drink, and therefore granted morning, midday, and afternoon snacks. I left the slow life near the sleepy bees and snow covered volcanos for something a bit more buzzing. Los Angeles. This is where my education and community began to blossom. And the grounding disciplines, values, and wonderments from my upbringing, kept me...well...kind

MENTORSHIP | EDUCATION:

 Beginning my career in musical theater from middle school into high school, I became Nationally recognized in 2015, making my debut performance on Broadway in the Jimmy Awards, as Mary Poppins. Right on the heels of graduating I earned Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 5th Avenue Theater Awards, and they flew me to New York to compete at the National High School Musical Theater Awards. Although I didn't win the competition, I was gifted long lasting friendships, extensive professional training, and industry connections. Best of all, it launched my belief in myself, and the knowledge that this career path was mine own. Some of the industry professionals I crossed paths with from this season of life were Eden Espinosa and Van Kaplan.

 

I then relocated to LA for deepened education. In 2019 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting for the Stage and Screen at Azusa Pacific University. In my last stage performance senior year, I was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award in Acting for her lead role as Mary Haines in The Women. During my time in school I trained under industry professionals such as Jesse Corti, Andi Chapman, Alexandra Wright, Jill Brennan Lincoln, Luke Woodruff, David Hadinger, Kirsten Humor, Rachel Tracy, and Monica Ganas.

 

PRESENTLY:

 

At the tale end of 2020, I was able to secure well rounded team for representation (all female, which I take joy in). I am currently in a TWO YEAR Meisner Intensive at Joshua Bitton's Studio in NOHO. I first found his classes by word of mouth, and began periodically taking scene study classes weekly. I always enjoy the occasional C.D. workshop (I find mine through Tracy Esposito), Improvisation practice, and self producing projects in between consistent auditioning! One my my deepest joys in life is challenging myself in learner-ship. Sharpening skills that are already deeply engrained in my person, and setting the bar high, but achieveable. 

JOYS:

While a keen mind is key to my professional longevity, another area of my training I find vital for my wellness is in the body. I've been tapped into stunt-work (Sword and Shield, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Guns, Ligthsabers) through training at Swordplay LA, and taking occasional boxing classes with my personal trainers at Mean TrainingMODO Hot Yoga in La Brea is integrated into my rhythms on a biweekly bases. And I bond with my brother through Rock Climbing at the local Touchstone Climbing Gym.

On slow days - I light incense or a candle, curl up with my cat and read a play or a shaping novel. Right now I'm finishing up Atomic Habits by James Clear. Sometimes I'll treat myself to the pottery wheel at Green & Bisque Clayhouse and free throw whatever vessel comes to life. 

Other free days will be spent going out to coffee, brunch, or a walk with a good girlfriend. One of my favorite spots is Kitchen Mouse Cafe in Highland Park. A late night escapade with a group of hooligans to Low Boy in Echo Park for fries and drink...always hits the spot. Life is good. 

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