Romana Carén Lakinger-Njari is a filmmaker, actress and vocal coach from Vienna, Austria. She graduated from Raindance’s MA in Filmmaking in 2016.
Romana has been working in theatre, film and TV since the age of eight. After graduating from Camillo Sitte Higher Technical College in Structural Engineering she studied Law and Astronomy at University Vienna. Romana was trained as an actress at Actors Studio Pallas in Vienna and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. In 2003 Romana was Austria´s first certified Speech-Level-Singing instructor and has been teaching singers and actors of all levels at Acting Academy Elfriede Ott as well as her own studio.
As a filmmaker her main focus is on writing and directing short and feature films, TV and web series. Romana has developed feature film screenplays for Berlin based production company Bad Motel Movies and she has collaborated with them as a creative consultant for their feature film Big City Lights. With her acting background Romana’s focus as a writer and director is the development of films that involve actors in their development process. An important part of Romana´s field of expertise is the improvement of the collaboration between directors and actors. She has written the book Directing Actors including a collection of methods and exercises that can help a director to support actors to deliver their best performances. Romana is also teaching Directing Actors at local film schools.
Currently Romana is working on her first feature film There Are No Kangaroos In Austria collaborating with production companies in Scotland and Austria and has been producing and hosting her own cooking show Peace, Joy & Eggcake for Austrian broadcaster OKTO since 2015.
Her recently finished short film No Mother, funded by NÖ Filmförderungsfond, is an international collaboration summoning well established artists from all over the world, including Zimbabwe, USA, Lichtenstein, Brazil, Germany and Austria.
Romana is currently developing a TV series about Austrian journalist and politician Adelheid Popp, Die Frau (The Woman).
As a mentor/ personal advisor Romana wants to share that no matter where your home base is, a solid skillset, that keeps growing with the demands of an ever-changing industry, allows for universal and collaborative work all over Europe.
Creative areas of interest
Character driven stories, period drama, improvisation in film, worldwide collaboration independent of home location, script development incorporating actors, transitioning between film and TV, new marketing concepts for film and TV.
Directing, working with actors, micro-budget filmmaking, short filmmaking, screenwriting for short and feature films as well as TV/web-series, pitching