Ayanna Berkshire


Ayanna is thrilled to join Artists Rep as a Resident Artist. “I see the Resident Artist program as a highly desired opportunity for any artist working in theatre. The ability to work on one’s craft in an environment such as this is a rare gift. Artists Rep offers a “studio home” where creativity, daring ideas and the drive for new works are supported and encouraged by the strong family that is Artists Rep. It is an incubator for thought and action in the beautiful and ever-growing city of Portland. I am in awe of the talent and range of my fellow Resident Artists and inspired by their work. I feel a spark here and believe that we are igniting a fire in the art world that will grow far and wide.”

Ayanna’s career goals have always been to do great work, develop truthful, dynamic characters and to work with outstanding colleagues; boy has she been lucky. Ayanna returned to Portland in 2014 to star in Artists Rep's Intimate Apparel, directed by Michael Mendelson and plans to reside in the region part time, splitting her working life between Portland and Los Angeles, where she works in film and television. 

Ayanna's previous works include: Grace in An Octoroon, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Keckley in A Civil War Christmas, Shelley in Grand Concourse, Roxanne in The Understudy, Esther in Intimate Apparel, Susan in Race (Artists Repertory Theatre). The Lady (u/s) in The Scottsboro Boys (Ahmanson Theatre - Los Angeles).  Back Bog Beast Bait; Bang, Curtain, End of Show; The Investigation of the Murder in El Salvador (defunkt theatre), Fuente Ovejuna (Teatro Milagro), The Tales of Canterbury (Ensemble Loupan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Tygres Heart Shakespeare Company), and Pure Gold Baby (Seers Network). Film credits include Twilight, Extraordinary Measures, Wendy and Lucy, Say Uncle, The Dust Factory and The Record Keeper and Boundary Springs, Lean on Pete and My Abandonment (coming in 2018). Television credits include Portlandia, Grimm, Parenthood, Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Awake, Leverage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Significant Mother to name a few.