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Awards

Hannah has been recognized and awarded on two occasions for her acting. She received:

*The 2014 annual award "Best Actress in Film" by the Actors Night Out committee for the Southeastern Georgia Entertainment Industry; an award chosen by her active peers who had observed her work and devotion to the development of her craft.

*The "Best Acting" award at the end of the 2010 Savannah 48 Hour Film Festival for her role in the quirky romantic comedy Road Trippin (an 8 awards winner including "Best Film".)

*She was also a founding member and previous performer for the Off Kilter Comedy Improv Troupe that was awarded "Best of Show" in 2006 at the Southeastern Comedy Arts Festival.

Training

Hannah received training in contemporary drama at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, U.K where she had the opportunity to (1) practice improvisational exploration scene study and (2) receive critique from renowned method acting instructor, Dee Cannon, who has worked with Jon Voight and Matthew Modine. Hannah has completed NRA certified firearms training and thrown knives and hatchets with edged weapons celebrity trainer, Bobby Branton, while performing her own stunts. Branton worked with Salma Hayek for her role in Bandidas.

Film

Hannah began her film career by starring in multiple regional commercials and short films. One of her favorites was Blindsided a film that won director, Opie Cooper, a finalist undiscovered filmmaker spot on Steven Spielberg's competition reality show, On The Lot. The show featured Chelsea Handler as host, aired on FOX after American Idol and included guest judges Brett Ratner, Carrie Fisher, and Gary Marshall.

She has performed a wide range of genre in film roles. Her experience spans from that of a journalist/writer in Dixie Melodie and Defending Dr. Karl to a survivor/warrior in Permanence, Dark Dissonance, Anomie, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies and includes dozens of commercials, industrials, training videos, voiceover work, short and feature-length films (see resume.) Most noted roles include:

*An upcoming role as Deputy Sheriff Ellen Marcus in the to-be-released feature-length film, Big Bad, produced by Eyevox Entertainment and directed by award-winning director, Opie Cooper. Stratton Leopold (producer of Mission: Impossible III, Captain America: The First Avenger, Paycheck) was a consultant on the film. Big Bad was screened at multiple film festivals during 2015-2016 including Toronto's After Dark Geekfest and the Utah Film Festival where it was nominated for 7 awards, including "Best in Fest" and received a win for "Best Director" award for Opie Cooper.

*As "Jane Eyre" opposite Kevin Kline in the biopic film, The Last of Robin Hood, co-starring Dakota Fanning and Susan Sarandon, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013.

*An independent cult horror hit, Rites of Spring, starring A. J. Bowen, which premiered in Hollywood at Screamfest 2011.

*An action parody, Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, starring Bill Oberst, Jr., which was released in 2012. 

Beginnings

The daughter of Regina Santarpia Bryan, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, and George Malcolm Bryan, an artisan, Hannah Lyn Bryan grew up in McComb, MS with an ancestry that includes French, Irish, Italian and Choctaw.

*Her maternal grandparents emigrated from Naples, Italy to raise their family in Brooklyn, NY, where her mother Regina was the youngest of 8 children.

*Her father, George Bryan, pursued an astrogeology degree in college.

Her parents instilled in Hannah an appreciation for science, the arts, and all things "Renaissance" as well as a passion for acting, music, reading, writing, sculpting, sketching and painting. She played piano from the time she was 4 years old up until high school and throughout those years, she received several awards for her piano performances, most notably at National Piano Guild Auditions.

Hannah has written and illustrated her own original comic book and had her paintings displayed at local museums in McComb, MS. In the early summer of 2016, she had the honor of giving a presentation entirely in French at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, where she discussed the famed museum's origins as a royal palace as well as the iconic art work contained there such as the "Mona Lisa" painting and the "Venus de Milo" sculpture.

Hannah got her first experience in theater by assisting in high school production design and stage managing and later performing in various community theater roles, such as flighty "Cecily Pigeon" in Neil Simon's comedy The Odd Couple and the charismatically manipulative art student "Evelyn Ann Thompson" in Neil LaBute's drama The Shape of Things.

Interests

Although acting is her first passion, Hannah is ambitious about producing content for film, television and theatre, having contributed to creative brainstorming sessions for (1) developing screenplays and (2) a book of collected short stories. She is a writer as well. She penned:

*Multiple A-grade analytical and research pieces, blogs, short stories, and

*A 10-minute play she wrote for a 24-hour play project in 2010 called A Lesson By Chance, which was mentioned to be the favorite by several in the audience following production.

*A short story entitled "The Gate" which was selected for publication into the 2016 edition of the Calliope, an arts & literary booklet which contains a variety of short stories, poetry, photography, and artwork.

*A short story entitled "Encounters With Coffee" which garnered Hannah a nomination for a scholarship to be awarded at the prestigious Wesleyan Writers Conference held in June 2016 and which was selected for publication into the 2017 edition of the Calliope.

Hannah was chosen to be an intern at Everywhere Studios during the summer of 2016 under the mentorship of Dan Angel, Emmy-award winning writer and producer of "The X-Files" for responsibilities to include assisting with script development for television and film.

Being an enthusiast for aeronautical science and space exploration, Hannah is a licensed private pilot with over 130 hours of flight time logged including instrument and multiple engine flight training, and she has attended four NASA shuttle launches. She was elected to be the Secretary and Officer of Communications for the Space and Rocketry Club at Armstrong State University in 2017.

Hannah is in her final year of college where she is pursuing curriculums in English, professional communication, and film study. In addition to being listed on the Honors Program, Dean's List, and Presidential Scholars list with a 4.0 GPA, Hannah was selected as a research assistant (the only undergraduate from a group of graduate student applicants) to examine ideology in popular culture based on the commercial success of entertainment media franchises and trending news topics. She was also elected to serve as a foreign language representative for the Languages, Literature, & Philosophy Student Advisory Board at Armstrong State University during the 2016-2017 school year. She is advanced in speaking French and Italian and has traveled internationally multiple times to visit the Dominican Republic, Canada, England, Germany, France, Switzerland, Greece and Italy, the latter of which she lived for 3 months doing a semester study abroad.