Ilana Zackon is a multidisciplinary performer and creator. A true wandering artist, she has lived and worked in Montreal, New York City, Vancouver and Toronto.
On stage, notable productions include Mazel Tov (Infinitheatre), So, How Should I Be? (Presentation House Theatre), The Light We'll Never See (Upintheair Theatre/Theatre Conspiracy), Under Milk Wood (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Same Difference (Theatre Conspiracy). Theatre directing credits include Speakeasy Theatre's Pull Fest VII (An Assertive Girl, Teddy Bears) and the Jessie Richardson Award nominated The Great Canadian Porno: The Musical.
On-screen credits include Riverdale (CW Network) and Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform).
Ilana's voice can be heard advertising many major brands, including Intact Insurance, Colgate and Videotron, among others. Selected video game credits include Livelock (Tuque Games), Mazaam - The Musical Genius (Mazaam Interactive) and Assassins Creed: Origins (Ubisoft). She is the voice of Naya in the animated feature Katak The Brave Beluga (10e Ave Productions).
Ilana's writing has been published in the Canadian Jewish News and Kveller. She is the former co-host of the Canadian Jewish News current affairs podcast “Bonjour Chai”, and the current co-host of the CJN’s arts and culture podcast, “Culturally Jewish”
Ilana is passionate about creating art which invokes social change and inspires audiences to confront their humanity.
Vancouver is Awesome "an emerging leader in Vancouver's Jewish community"
CiTR Arts Report [The Great Canadian Porno: the Musical - radio interview]
Vancouver Presents" [Teddy Bears & An Assertive Girl] ...one of three directors at this year's Pull Festival"
AWI Exclusive " [Part I] ...dynamic performer and theatre artist"
Canadian Jewish News " [Part I] ...Zackon sheds new light on mental illness with her Off-Fringe Collective Creation"
The Suburban " [Betty's Summer Vacation] ...ambitious young actress"
Westmount Independent " [Glory Dazed]
Breakfast Television Montreal [Part I - video interview]
CJLO 1690AM [Part I - radio interview]
Dylan Thomas News [Under Milk Wood, Edinburgh Fringe]
"["I Just Can't Wait to be Free"]...has been getting great reception. I must say I watched it at least half a dozen times"
"[Time Machine]...Ariel Martz-Oberlander and Ilana Zackon, teamed up this summer to create an immersive piece based on the Jewish partisan movement"
"[Lear in Limbo]...really good in multiple roles"
" [Part I]...Performers Mercedeh Baroque, Jacqueline Van de Geer, Lyne Labrie, and Ilana Zackon bring fierce, powerful honesty to their stories"
" [Part I, co-created by Zackon] ...The show stirred me to reflect on people around me who are suffering"
" [Part I, co-created by Zackon] ...A unique piece"
"[Glory Dazed]...Ilana Zackon portrays Leanne, the young barmaid forced to grow up quickly during a tense and violent evening."
Ed Fringe Review
" [Under Milk Wood]...Cast members, notably Ilana [Zackon] in the role of Polly Garter, also demonstrated their musical talent, peppering the proceedings with their lovely voices"