Chanella is a Melbourne based actor and theatre-maker from the Blue Mountains, Sydney. She is a second-generation Samoan-Italian immigrant whose practice centres on body, family, loss and the intersection of cultural identity and gender.
In 2017 she graduated from the VCA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Practice with the Patrica Kennedy Award and as Valedictorian of the University of Melbourne VCA and MCM. In 2019 she received two Green Room Award nominations for Performer and Ensemble in Independent Theatre (Moral Panic).
Theatre credits include; Whale (dir. Katrina Cornwell) for Darebin Speakeasy, Truly Madly Britney (dir. Hannah Fallowfield) for Theatre Works, Sue-Anne in Moral Panic (dir. Bridget Balodis), Miss Foxhill in Red Stitch’s Suddenly Last Summer (dir. Stephen Nicolazzo), Deborah in La Mama’s Crazy Brave (dir. Melanie Beddie), Freya in Speak of the Devil (self-devised) for Melbourne Fringe 2017 and Adelaide Fringe 2018, La Mama’s Woman with a Tomahawk (dir. Iris Gaillard), Kattrin in VCA’s Mother Courage (dir. Chris Kohn).
Chanella is a Lead Artist with Western Edge Youth Arts and has worked with the University of Melbourne and St Martins facilitating acting programs for young people across Victoria.