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Actress Jane Kapriss: A knock-out on stage and screen
From the large and often exaggerated movements and facial expressions to the placement of the audience, acting in theatre requires a technique that is altogether different from that of acting in films, and for many actors it's one or the other – but Ukrainian actress Jane Kapriss is a rare exception.

Over the past decade Kapriss has proven her dynamic skills as an actress in high profile international film productions shot in both the US and Ukraine. Films such as "Hand for Luck" aka "Ruka na Schaste," "Mac Daddy & the Lovers," "Mac Daddy's Vegas Adventure," "Psycho-Path: Mania," "Love Changes" and "Leading Lady" have made Kapriss a recognizable face across continents, one who is known for her unique ability to get into the deepest depths of whatever character she takes on bring the to life seamlessly. While her career as a film actress has undoubtedly led Kapriss to garner international recognition, her theatrical career is nothing to be ignored.

When asked about her preference for performing on the stage or in films, Kapriss explained, "I can't choose between the two. I love both. The experience is totally different of course. On stage you're in your character's skin for a couple of hours, which is super exciting and challenging at the same time. In film, the takes are short but you need to be able to deliver every single take even if the scenes are not in order."

Prior to moving stateside, Kapriss took to the stage in the iconic production of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" where she played the starring role of Sally from 2007 to 2008 and performed alongside other famed Ukrainian actors such as Viacheslav Dovzhenko from the series "Na Zarekaysya" and the films "Smertelno Zhivoy" and "A Prayer for Hetman Mazepa."

Based on the best selling novel written by Richard Bach, the production was staged at the Theatre of Freedom aka Svobodni Theatre and directed by esteemed Ukrainian director Arthur Artimeniev, who's the director of the theatre, as well as other theatre companies in the Ukraine.

The play revolves around Jonathan Livingston, a seagull whose board with mundane life and the daily squabbles over food. In search for something higher he discovers a passion for flight, however, his unwillingness to conform leads him to become ostracized from the flock until one fateful day he meets two gulls who take him to a higher plane of existence, one of those critical gulls being Kapriss' character Sally. Sally essentially teaches Jonathan what it really takes to fly high and is a central figure in his advancement.

"This is one of the most famous shows in Ukraine. Being a part of it is an honor. It was my all time favorite theatre show and I couldn't even imagine when I watched it the first time that a few years later I'd be performing on stage. This show is famous for having a full house during every show throughout its entire 10 year run," said Kapriss. "The show was heavily driven by the choreography and all the flying and fighting was shown through dancing."

Kapriss' stand out performance in the highly technical production brought her extensive attention back home in Ukraine, and ultimately led her to be cast for several other productions such as the Ukrainian production of "A Servant of Two Masters" directed by Mykola Yaremkiv.

Proving her unique ability to easily switch between portraying dynamic characters on the stage to those on screen, Kapriss' performance in the 2008 Ukrainian film "Hand for Luck" was one that really carved out her position in the industry as a highly sought after actress. A comedy crime feature film "Hand for Luck," Kapriss took to the screen in the lead role of Anastasiya where she proved she could hold her own alongside some of the country's most revered actors, such as Golden Eagle and People's Artist of the Republic Award winner Armen Dzhigarkhanyan ("Assassin of the Tsar," "The Edge") and MTV Movie Award Russia nominee Oskar Kuchera ("20 Cigarettes," "Law of Corruption"), with whom she shared the screen.

"Jane's presence in a film raises the chances of the project to be successful. That's the most important thing for me as a producer," explained producer Tanya Shimak, co-owner of Zebra Productions, the production company behind "Hand for Luck."

"We worked together on multiple projects. The most memorable one was 'Hand for Luck' due to its vast theatrical distribution in Ukraine. Jane was the star of the film. Her character turned out to be the most likable for the audience and many could relate to her. Jane managed to portray the role of a golden girl in such way, that the audience loved her. It was funny and remarkable."

While most actors are often limited to focusing their energy on either the theatre, or a career in films, actress Jane Kapriss is one multi-talented bombshell who does it all. Up next for her is an upcoming TV sitcom directed by Lana Lekarinou ("The Sparkle") and produced by Antonia Roman ("Altruism," "Hollywood Tale"). The series is expected to begin shooting within the next few months and is co-production between That's So Funny Entertainment and LVP Films, INC, and Jane will take on the lead role of Kitsa.

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