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Indira Stefanianna is a multi -talented entertainer with a magical appeal to all ages. Her Icelandic heritage encouraged early flights of imagination and mysticism. From childhood, she has been creating original songs and stories. Her professional singing debut was performing "Un Bel Di" from Madama Butterfly in the San Francisco Opera House at the age of fourteen. Indira has performed Shakespeare, High Comedy, Drama and Musical Theatre. Some of her first musical roles included Rosabella in "Most Happy Fella," Fiona in "Brigadoon" and Babe in "Pajama Game."

Indira Stefanianna with Redd Fox Kelly Hamilton, local teen genius, wrote original musicals for her to star in - including "Dance On a Country Grave ," "Scarlet Letter," "Plain Jane" (based on Jane Eyre) and "Octoroon." He later based the successful Broadway Musical "Trixie True, Teen Detective" on their adventures together.

At age 18, she moved to Iceland where she had a singing career in many languages, occasionally including original songs composed with guitar. This culminated in an international variety show that toured the country, including the National Theatre, with artists such as Lindsay Kemp.

She then won a full scholarship to the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera and began her union affiliations with Actor's Equity in "Dumas and Son" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, SAG in "That Girl," and AFTRA in M*A*S*H*. She co-starred in Garry Marshall's first feature "Grasshopper" and the trendy horror/comedy "Wicked, Wicked," and did specialty dancing in Francis Ford Coppola's "Cotton Club." She did the cartoon voices of Daphne in "Scooby Doo" and Princess Dawn in "Here Comes the Grump."

Indira Stefanianna in Umbrellas of CherbourgShe then moved to New York, where she created the role of Genvieve in "Umbrellas of Cherbourg" directed by Andrei Serban at the Public Theatre. She also created the role of Claudia in "Nine," directed by Howard Ashman, and delighted audiences in the musical revue based on the songs of Harry Ruby and Burt Kalmar, "The Songs My Mother Never Sang" , directed by Paul Lazarus. She did voice overs and original scores for Scholastic Educational Services, including "Hansel and Gretel" and "Clifford the Big Red Dog." When they asked her to write songs for the series "Your Community Changes Every Day," she won the DuKane Citizenship Award.
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Indira was part of your everyday lives singing jingles, most notably her ATT's "Reach Out and Touch Someone" , which won a CLIO Award. Her devotional songs celebrating all faiths aired weekly on the WBAI radio program "In the Spirit" hosted by the religious genius Lex Hixon. Indira's "Anthem for America" aired world wide on our Bicentennial and garnered her an invitation to the White House. This song highlights the "Lady Liberty Song Cycle" which she performed for David Wolper's event of the unveiling of the newly renovated Statue of Liberty.

Indira has worked as a recording artist on the albums "Danks," One Only One," "All I See Is You" (with Rabindra Danks), "One World," "Musee de l'Impressionism," "Ally and the Soul Sneakers," and "Mother Earth." And she wrote songs for the movies "Starcrystal" and "Nannaz." Her compositional skills having moved back to piano, Indira joined Lehman Engle's BMI Musical Theatre Workshop first in LA, then Manhattan, and has had two original musicals produced - "From Silver to Gold," a musical signed fable for hearing and hearing impaired - and "Clair's Christmas," with collaborator Doug Katsaros, originally commissioned by Joseph Papp, about a girl in the Pyrenees who discovers a dream friend.

Indira Stefanianna with the Fabulous Monsters in LA Indira has been improvising original comedy and music for years with Richmond Shepard, first in the LA Cabaret and then for three years at the Top of the Village Gate with Noo Yawk Tawk. She was leading lady in the Richmond Shepard Mime Troupe. The Prince Street Players asked her to play "Snow White Goes West" at the Mark Taper Forum and "Cinder-Ella" and "Cricket on the Hearth" as TV musical specials. She headlined with Michel LeGrand at the Playboy Club in Atlantic City and sang live on the Merv Griffin Show. Indira opened the renowned Ballroom in SoHo with Maury Yeston and Alan Menken, eventually doing thirteen different evenings showcasing original composers. With Jonathan Larson she sang "Superbia" at the Public and recorded his National Lampoon Show.

Since returning to Los Angeles, she has been appearing with Robert Prior amp; The Fabulous Monsters in "Psycho Cabaret" and "A Grimm Evening." She appears on the premiere episode of "The Gilda and Rosen Show" for Century Cable and is beginning taping her newest musical endeavor with collaborator Robert Berg "Impa, the Witch Watcher" . Works in progress include "On the Road to the Motherlode" , a rhythmic opera about Kali, recently featured in Tantra Magazine - "Hearts" , a multimedia musical about a twelve year old latchkey kid whose best friend is his computer - and"Circle of Stone, a Celtic Romance" a mystical song cycle.

She also performed in the avant garde opera, "The Wandering Whore" by Philip Littel and Eliot Douglass, set in the underworld of London in the 1700's. Indira is also currently announcing the DOVES - the Daughters of Vivekenanda Everywhere - a spiritual feminist group (gender driven, but not gender exclusive) working to promote the Divine Mother Festival entitled "Thirteen Moons of Ma". Her "Song of the Refugee Women" has been used as a fund raiser for refugees from Cambodia to Bosnia. Indira danced in Katja Biezance's "Bliss U" as part of HEAL LA and is happy to be a storyteller for the OUTREACH program. She is most proud of her son, K.C. Kat!

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