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Ayana Strutz (formerly Freeman) is a trained dancer, circus artist, singer, and actress tucked into a 5-ft tall frame. Not to be fooled by her petite size, she is known for her explosive energy and athleticism. She is of Japanese and Black descent, and is able to speak, write, and read Japanese. ... (read complete bio)

 

Ayana Strutz Biography

Ayana Strutz (formerly Freeman) is a trained dancer, circus artist, singer, and actress tucked into a 5-ft tall frame. Not to be fooled by her petite size, she is known for her explosive energy and athleticism. She is of Japanese and Black descent, and is able to speak, write, and read Japanese. Thrilled to call Chicago her current home, she is represented by Gray Talent Group.

‚ÄčAyana was born in Japan and raised in Hawaii. She attended the Mid-Pacific Institute School of the Arts and was actively involved in her high school's 4-year Theatre Arts program. She left the island to attend The Ohio State University, graduating in 2015 with a BA in Sociology and Dance minor.

 Ayana moved to Chicago in 2016 and attended the Actors Gymnasium's 9-month Professional Circus Training Program, where she trained 27 hours a week in various circus disciplines. Upon graduating circus school in June 2018, she has been continuously working professionally as a dancer and circus artist. Regionally she has performed at the Goodman Theatre, Marriott Theatre, Drury Lane Theatre, Mercury Theater Chicago, Porchlight Music Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Skylight Music Theatre, Music Theater Works, Short North Stage, Cocodaco Dance Company, and Diamond Head Theatre.

Before the pandemic hit in 2020, she traveled across the US (and Canada!) with the First National Tour of Broadway's The Spongebob Musical as Ensemble/Sandy Cheeks understudy. You can catch Ayana on various commercials, and competing on episode 7 of NBC's TV show, FROGGER on Peacock TV.

Outside of performances, you can find her hanging from the ceiling as an aerialist, bending in half as a contortionist, teaching youth dance and youth circus classes, doing commercial work, or performing as Disney Princess Moana as a princess performer.

No matter where the unpredictable twists and turns of life take her, she will always be an island girl at heart!





Ayana Strutz News

Video: First Look at Alexander Gemignani & More in BIG FISH at Marriott Theatre Photo Video: First Look at Alexander Gemignani & More in BIG FISH at Marriott Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Feb 28, 2023

Get a first look at footage of Big Fish at Marriott Theatre starring Alexander Gemignani and more.

VODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The Musical Photo VODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The Musical
by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2023

The Marriott Theatre's 2023 season launches with the family-friendly musical adventure, BIG FISH, now on stage through March 19, 2023. Get a first look at the production.

Review: BIG FISH at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire IL Photo Review: BIG FISH at Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - Feb 2, 2023

What did our critic think of Big Fish? The new theater season has begun. The current production at Marriott Theatre is Big Fish which is based upon the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August. The book is by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Under the direction of Henry Godinez and associate director and choreographer Tommy Rapley, this story of a big fish, a witch, Karl the giant, a mermaid and a circus run by a werewolf are brought to life in all their glory. In the end, though, it is about love and family.

Photos: First Look At Alexander Gemignani and The Cast of BIG FISH At Marriott Theatr Photo Photos: First Look At Alexander Gemignani and The Cast of BIG FISH At Marriott Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Jan 24, 2023

The Marriott Theatre’s 2023 season launches with the family-friendly musical adventure, BIG FISH! See photos of Broadway star Andrew Gemignani and more in new character portraits!

Marriott Theatre Launches 2023 Season With BIG FISH, The Musical Photo Marriott Theatre Launches 2023 Season With BIG FISH, The Musical
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 5, 2022

The Marriott Theatre's 2023 season launches with the family-friendly musical adventure, BIG FISH, previewing Wednesday, January 25, opening Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30pm and closing March 19, 2023.

Marriott Theatre Closes 2022 Season With A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL Photo Marriott Theatre Closes 2022 Season With A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL
by Stephi Wild - Oct 18, 2022

The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Dr. Lincolnshire, closes their 2022 season with A Christmas Story, The Musical, previewing Wednesday, November 2, opening November 9 at 7:30pm and closing January 1, 2023. 

Photos & Video: First Look at PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Mercury Theater Chicag Photo Photos & Video: First Look at PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Mercury Theater Chicago
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 22, 2022

Priscilla opened last night at Mercury Theater Chicago and plays through September 11, 2022. Get a first look at photos and video below!

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Cast For PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Cast For PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2022

Mercury Theater Artistic Director¬†Christopher Chase Carter,¬†Managing Director¬†Kristi J. Martens¬†and Executive Producers¬†Walter Stearns¬†and¬†Eugene Dizon¬†announce the cast and creative team for the much-anticipated production of the summer,¬†Priscilla Queen of the Desert.¬†The musical¬†features a book by¬†Stephan Elliot¬†and¬†Allan Scott¬†and is based on the film ‚ÄúThe Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert‚ÄĚ by¬†Stephan Elliot.¬†

Photos: First Look At Adam Jacobs, Besty Morgan & More In Drury Lane's THE KING AND I Photo Photos: First Look At Adam Jacobs, Besty Morgan & More In Drury Lane's THE KING AND I
by Alan Henry - Apr 11, 2022

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Drury Lane Theatre's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Based on 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon,' with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The King and I was originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

Original ALADDIN Adam Jacobs to Lead Drury Lane's THE KING AND I Photo Original ALADDIN Adam Jacobs to Lead Drury Lane's THE KING AND I
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 4, 2022

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2022/2023 season with the celebrated Tony Award-winning musical Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I. Based on 'Anna and the King of Siam' by Margaret Landon,' with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, The King and I was originally choreographed by Jerome Robbins.

Ayana Strutz Videos

VODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The Musical Videoplay
VODE: Get A First Look At Marriott Theatre's With BIG FISH, The Musical

by Stage Tube - Feb 3, 2023

The Marriott Theatre's 2023 season launches with the family-friendly musical adventure, BIG FISH, now on stage through March 19, 2023. Get a first look at the production.

Photos & Video: First Look at PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Mercury Theater Chicag Videoplay
Photos & Video: First Look at PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at Mercury Theater Chicago

by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 22, 2022

Priscilla opened last night at Mercury Theater Chicago and plays through September 11, 2022. Get a first look at photos and video below!

VIDEO: Get a Peek Behind the Curtain With the Touring Cast of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Get a Peek Behind the Curtain With the Touring Cast of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL

by Stage Tube - Nov 17, 2019

The cast of The Spongebob Musical is giving fans a peek behind the curtain in an all new video.

VIDEO: Get a First Look at the Touring Cast of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Action Videoplay
VIDEO: Get a First Look at the Touring Cast of THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL in Action

by Stage Tube - Oct 8, 2019

THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL is currently playing at The Bushnell in Hartford, CT, and will next travel to the Overture Center in Madison, WI prior to engagements in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and more. Get a first look at the cast in action in the all new video!