Ilana Khanin

PhD Candidate


Working Dissertation


Appending and Upending Blockchain Histories


Ilana Khanin is PhD candidate at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. Her SSHRC-funded research examines the intersection of art, performance, and blockchain technology.

Ilana is an editorial assistant for Modern Drama, a research assistant for 50 Key Performance Artists, the project manager for It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada and Look at These Oral Histories!, and is a member of the Institute for Dance Studies. 

As a theatre director, her work has been developed and presented at Ars Nova, Prelude, HERE, New Ohio, Judson, Governors Island, Joust Theater Co, The Tank, The Brick, Primary Stages, Theaterlab, Dixon Place, Samuel French Festival, and the Center at West Park. She is an associate artist with Big Dance Theater, led by Annie-B Parson, with whom she’s worked on productions at venues including BAM, the Old Vic, the Deutsches Theater, PAC NYC, Skirball, Abrons Arts Center, and Carolina Performing Arts.

Her work has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation. She has been an artist-in-residence at Montclair State University and Baryshnikov Arts Center.

She holds a BFA in Theatre, with a focus in directing, and an MA in Performance Studies, from NYU. 


MA, Performance Studies, New York University
BFA, Theatre, New York University