On the Couch with Jana Zvedeniuk

Jana-Zvedeniuk-AAR-On-the-CouchWho is Jana Zvedeniuk?
An actor, currently in rehearsals for the upcoming production of Yentl at Arts Centre Melbourne. Yentl is a very special character, I feel lucky to play her.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I’d like to play guitar and croon in pubs all over the country. Sometimes I have dreams of being a sculptor. Making these really big sculptures. I’d like to live all the lives.

Who inspires you and why?
Amy Winehouse. Straight from the soul.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Jane Goodall – a British anthropologist – says: “Think locally, and then you have the courage to act globally. If you only think globally to start with, you won’t have the energy to act.” This resonates… starting with person right in front of you.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I don’t think I can answer this. I haven’t yet been to Corfu, or St Ives, OR Marrakesh! And those are all strong contenders.

When friends come to town what attraction would you take them to and why?
There’s this back-beach in Sorrento, on the Mornington Peninsula, that’s quite hidden and magical. It’s called Diamond Bay. You would have to see it to understand, I think.

What are you currently reading?
Simon Callow’s autobiography. He is a British actor, who plays the loveable boyfriend that ends up being the ‘funeral’ in Four Weddings and a Funeral. He is so funny, I keep laughing aloud at his outtakes. He shares his experiences in London theatre in the book, and it’s very insightful. I’m also currently reading a play for an upcoming audition and it’s proving to be one of my favourite contemporary plays… by an Aussie writer too!

What are you currently listening to?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Yiddish songs in preparation for Yentl. I will definitely continue listening to The Barry Sisters following the life of the show. Two American Yiddish jazz singers with a lot of charm.

Happiness is?
I’m happiest when I’m working – in the rehearsal room, or on a set- alongside very extraordinary and creative people.

What does the future hold for you?
I love scriptwriting – I really love it. Realising a film with an original screenplay is certainly a future goal.

Jana stars as Yentl in Kadimah Yiddish Theatre’s production of Yentl – which is currently playing in the Fairfax Studio – Arts Centre Melbourne until 26 March 2022. For more information, visit: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au for details.

Image: Jana Zvedeniuk (supplied)