Shahana Khan Khalil
(Director, DP, Editor)
Born in Israel and raised in both Israel and CT, Daphne has been drawn to strorytelling from a young age- participating in acting productions and engaging in writing through her childhood and youth. After obtaining a BA in Communications and Film from Tel Aviv University Magna Cum Laude, Daphne moved to New York and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute for two years, graduating in March 2014. Since moving to New York, Daphne starred in various plays and films. Her one-act play, Homesick, had a successful debut in February 2014, and is currently being adapted into a film. She is also working on a full length play. Paper Dolls will be her U.S. TV debut as a writer and and actress. For more nformation- visit her website.
Elizabeth got her start in Scotland, where she worked as a production assistant for Haphazard Media and was a director of the Half-Cut Film Festival. After a brief stint in investment banking, she trained as an actress at the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts and the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. She made her stage debut with Belgian director Christophe Verboomen, originating the lead role Olivia in the play Au Simple du Double, and was a member of the Alice Acting theatre company in London. Since moving to NYC, she has appeared in various short films and commercials.
Originally from Pakistan, Shahana has an Acting background in Theatre in the country’s capital Islamabad, as well as Film, TV Commercial and Radio work. Her debut in film was in the internationally acclaimed Slackistan, produced by Big Upstairs Productions. She also hosted a regular Radio show called ‘The Rush Hour’ for Pakistan’s premiere English radio network CityFM 89. Later she and her mentor, Shayan Afzal Khan, took on the responsibility of setting up an Arts & Culture venue called Kuch Khaas – Centre for Arts, Culture & Dialogue in her hometown Islamabad, which today reigns as the go-to spot for expression and creativity in the city. It was here that she also became a regular in the sketch group ‘Insolent Knights’, for which she wrote and performed live shows for TinyTwo Productions. During this time, Shahana developed a passion for production and produced various web sketches and shorts, which eventually led her to pursue an education in Film & Television Production Technique in Cape Town, South Africa. Following this, under the mentorship of Producer Rohail Hyatt, Shahana was recruited as the International Production Manager for Pakistan’s biggest television production – Coke Studio Pakistan. Upon its completion, Shahana decided it was time to return to her original passion and was accepted at the renowned Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York City to study acting, where she met Producers Elizabeth Ng and Daphne Macy. Given her range of interests, multifaceted experiences and overall love for learning, Shahana jumped on the opportunity when approached to direct, shoot and edit Paper Dolls.
Ilinca Tuvene is a Romanian-born actress, who has been working in the United States, specifically in New York, since January 2014. In Romania, she was an active member of the “Brainstorming Bucharest” Theater Company, which she eventually managed for a period of three years. She has taken extensive training in drama, dance and improvisation under some of Romania’s greatest actors. She is currently a student in the Two-Year Conservatory program at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute. During her stay in New York, she has been involved in numerous performance art pieces and short films. She has also presented the opening notes of the Off-Broadway show Love is French, performed by FloAnkah. At the moment, she is becoming more and more involved with the artistic world of NYC and is planning on starting her own production company.