Department of Theatre

Dana Wieluns Legawiec

Lecturer in Theatre
Dana Legawiec

Office Location

Russell Hall, USM Gorham Campus


(207) 780-5480

Academic Degrees

  • Physical Theatre Training Program, Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre
  • BA English Literature, Princeton University
  • Certificate in Theatre and Dance, Princeton University


Dana Legawiec in maskDana Wieluns Legawiec is a professional actress and arts educator who specializes in Physical Theatre.  Dana received her BA in English Literature and a Certificate in Theatre and Dance from Princeton University, and is a graduate of the Physical Theatre Training Program at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater. An original founding member of the critically acclaimed Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, she has contributed to nearly every show as a performer, movement coach/choreographer, mask performance coach or director since the company’s inception in 1996.

As an actress, Dana has performed in numerous world premieres with Los Angeles’ avant-garde collective Padua Playwrights, and was a member of the dance-theatre ensemble Rosanna Gamson/World Wide for over a decade.

Dana has led workshops in Physical Theatre and Mask for students of all ages, and has taught courses and delivered lectures in Mask Performance, Neutral Mask, Commedia dell’Arte and Grand Guignol at institutions including the University of Southern Maine, University of Redlands and California Institute of the Arts.

Since moving to Maine with her family in 2010, she has performed with her own company, as well as with Celebration Barn, Figures of Speech Theater, the Maine Holocaust and Human Rights Center, and the Bath and Camden Shakespeare Festivals.  She is currently an actor with the Portland Stage Company’s Play-Me-A-Story program.

At USM, Dana teaches classes in Movement for the Actor.