French actress Flo Ankah plays Brandy opposite Jonathan Pryce and Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip. Her solo play with music Edith Piaf Alive is in residence at Joe’s Pub. Flo Ankah starred in Loving the Silent Tears, before a sold-out audience of 6400 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, directed by Vincent Paterson and opposite Liz Callaway, Debbie Gravitte, Jody Watley and Jon Secada.
Born and raised on a farm, Flo started out as a dancer and fell into acting by happenstance. She is a graduate of the Merce Cunningham Studio (dance) and Upright Citizens’ Brigade (improv comedy), also schooled in drama and opera. Determined, genuine and charismatic, she has been defined as “an excellent performer, with a voice that knows no bounds and a superlative command of her own charm, presence and sensuality”
As a theatrical artist, Flo Ankah played at the Inwood Shakespeare Festival, appeared in works by Meredith Monk, Young Jean Lee, David Lang (Guggenheim Museum, Public Theater, Lincoln Center), and performed at Symphony Space and Sleep No More. She was Timmy in Timmy’s Idea “bewitching and irritating” according to the NY Times, and played the execrable French girlfriend in Telly Savalas Live because somebody had to do it.
Flo is versatile with accents. She is the voice of luxury brands in French and American commercials, and did voices for Jim Jarmusch, Israel Horovitz and Woody Allen films. Passionate about working with playwrights and directors with a singular vision, she strives to make discoveries in performance. Flo loves to play with voice, rhythm and movement as the instrument of someone else’s vision. And she can shut up on cue.
Her passion project is the band “Floanne + The Third Set” where she plays with jazz improvisers such as Jay Leonhart, Jon Weber, Will Holshouser and Zach Brock. The international songstress performs vintage tunes with a modern twist, bringing the classics back into fashion. She was featured on NPR, French national television and appeared solo at Bryant Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Miami-Dade Auditorium and MoMA. Flo Ankah created April in Paris a benefit concert to support the survivors of terrorism for Feinstein’s/54 Below.
Flo Ankah has received awards as a director for her experimental movies, and directs voice-over commercials for French usage. Her company Simple Production, produces collaborative film and stage works (presented at BAM, DGA, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place and Movement Research). Ankah teaches the psycho-energetic modality ThetaHealing, writes a Blog about performance and owns a 3D camera, which is pretty cool.
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