Area of Study
BFA in Drama, Acting
Class of 2023
Bryanna’s roots begin at home in Miami, FL and her Cuban heritage. Through her upbringing, she cultivated an early relationship with resilience and responsibility, connecting to her sense of community with her family through song and dance; when her parents were adjusting to the States coming from Cuba, singing and dancing was the initial lifeline of connecting… and then came theater.
Bryanna first discovered theater in a summer camp musical. Her curiosity was ignited, so she studied musical theater in both middle and high school. A few years later, passionate and committed, she worked and saved money to audition for a few Acting colleges including CMU. After her acceptance to Carnegie, she did not hesitate to attend after she saw that people were as passionate and as heart driven -if not more- than she was about this work. Here, she’s played vulnerable, compassionate, strong roles like the unguarded and rebellious Laurencia in Fuenteovejuna and the desirous yet independent Marie in Woyzeck.
She feels so grateful to have had the opportunity to do work that centers what she deeply cares about on and off the stage: finding resilience, love and community in difficult times. She keeps love for this work going by caring for her mind, body, and spirit outside of acting;- journaling or meditating by a tree on a warm day, making Café con leche or Pour over coffee any day, and talking to her mom on the phone following a family recipe she’ll later share with her friends. She works hard to always practice what she’s been taught: to nourish her sense of community one way or another each day.