Ilana Zackon is a trilingual Canadian actor, singer, writer and director. She is best known for her work as the female lead in Tuque Games' Livelock, as well the title role in the educational game for children, Mazaam - The Musical Genius. Ilana has performed on stages across Canada, as well as in Edinburgh and New York City. She was nominated for an Ovation Award in the Outstanding "Online Content" category, for her musical parody "I Just Can't Wait to Be Free".
Born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Ilana began performing at the age of three. She made her stage debut at the Saidye Bronfman Centre for the Arts and was consistently involved in the local community theatre scene, throughout her childhood. Ilana went on to train at John Abbott College's Professional Theatre Program in Montreal, as well as at the acclaimed HB Studio in New York City.
Ilana is an experienced voice over actor with an extensive portfolio of video games and radio commercials. Her voice can be heard advertising many major brands, including Intact Insurance, Brault et Martineau and Videotron, among others. Ilana has worked with Ubisoft on Assassins Creed: Origins, as an actor and translator, as well as Far Cry: Primal, as a dialect coach. Upcoming video game projects include Disciples (Peak Media), in which she voices numerous characters.
On stage, notable productions include So, How Should I Be? (Presentation House Theatre), The Array (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), the upcoming season of Motherland: Fort Salem (Freeform), as well as various award-winning independent films, including DYS- directed by Maude Michaud (Quirk Films).
Ilana is passionate about creating art which invokes social change, as well as inspires audiences to confront their humanity and develop empathy towards one another's lived experiences. She is the founder of social issue theatre company Project X Performance and co-host on the Canadian Jewish News current affairs podcast Bonjour Chai.
Since 2016, Ilana has been splitting her time between Vancouver and Montreal.
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] ...starred in North American premiere of play"
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"