Tenacious and adventurous, Dana Fares produced her first web-based series, Water Signs, in 2010.
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.
As an ambitious entrepreneur, Dana has over 12 years experience in brand development and loyalty marketing. Captivated by human behavior, she has also studied Social Psychology.
Dana split her childhood between Chicago, Santa Fe, and 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.
Influenced by addiction and abuse in her extended family, she serves her community as a Violence Prevention Specialist with Peace Over Violence. Where she dedicates her time advocating for the youth and providing them with the tools to build self-esteem, and form healthy relationships, families, and communities free from oppression, abuse, and interpersonal violence.
Inspired to create conversations driven by the female experience, Dana, and her writing partner, Katie Ryan started Birdy Fox Films in 2017. Yard Sale was their first film.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL. Katie's mother was a painter and art teacher and her father a social worker. Growing up in an art community where her mother taught painting, she was heavily influenced by accomplished sculptors and painters. Her mother colored her childhood by taking her to several art exhibits, films, musicals and concerts of all kinds. Her father's work helped sparked her interest in social change.
Katie, who learned to oil paint at the age of 12, took her talents to study drawing and painting at The Ohio State University where she earned her BFA.
Upon graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to show her work in galleries and dip her toes in the west coast art scene. After 3 years of showing her paintings in LA, she put herself in a Meisner Acting class on a whim.
In the 3 years of studying at Playhouse West, Katie trained with both Jeff Goldblum and Scott Caan. She then went on to study with Aaron Speiser, Larry Moss and now Nancy Banks.
Katie has appeared on the LA stages in productions of Tape by Stephen Belber and Angel Asylum by Scott Haze. She'll make film festival rounds this year with Guy Nattiv's short film SKIN, opposite Danielle MacDonald and Jonathan Tucker. She also guest stars on Antoine Fuqua's show ICE.
Katie and Dana just launched their production company, Birdy Fox Films. They have two dark comedies in development that they are both writers, actors and producers on.