Originally from Miami, Florida, Alana traveled to Chicago to study at DePaul University's Theatre School, receiving her BFA in 2002. In 2007, Alana was invited to join the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble where she created the role of Pecola in THE BLUEST EYE, which ran off Broadway at The New Victory. In recent years she played the title role in MARIE ANTIONETTE, Millie in the THE FUNDAMENTALS, and a prosecutor and mother in MONSTER.
Other Steppenwolf credits include THE BROTHER SISTER PLAYS, TRIBES, GOOD PEOPLE, HEAD OF PASSES, THE ETIQUETTE OF VIGILANCE, and MAN IN LOVE. Other Chicago credits include BLACK DIAMOND (Lookingglass Theatre), LATE BUS TO MECCA (Eclipse Theatre), EYES (ETA), SOST (MPAACT), LOVE’S LABOURS LOST (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), THE WAY WE WERE, and WVON (Black Ensemble Theatre). In 2014, Alana made her directorial debut with GENESIS by Mercedes White, produced by Definition Theatre Company.