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Dayna Lea Hoffmann is a mixed-race multidisciplinary artist and actor from the Unceded Coast Salish Territories colloquially known as Surrey, BC. She has a strong passion for creation, collaborative work, film, and clown and hopes to share these passions with audiences across  Canada. 


For the last four years, she has been living in Treaty No. 6 Territory (Edmonton) honing her skills of clown, acting, dance and juggling while attending the University of Alberta’s BFA Acting Program. She additionally holds a diploma in Theatre from Douglas College, is a former performer, student and teacher of the Vancouver Circus School, and an alumni of Canada’s National Voice Intensive. 


Outside of traditional theatre, Dayna is an experienced physical theatre artist with a strong focus on circus, dance and clown. She has worked with many of Canada’s leading practitioners such as David Mac Murray Smith, Jan Henderson, Michael Kennard, and Lin Snelling. She is also a student of Maître D’armes JP Fournier and has been trained in rapier and dagger, sabre, and unarmed combat.


Most recently she has been experimenting with translating clown to an online medium, creating five original short clown films that can be found on her youtube channel. Dayna is also a 2021 recipient of the Roger S Smith undergraduate research award and created a research-performance documentary examining gender and clown entitled Why Aren’t Women Funny.

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