A graduate of Howard University's BFA Musical Theatre program, Savina has studied musical theatre, restoration comedy, Shakespeare, and devising techniques in Idaho, Washington, and London. They most recently closed Cabaret (Rosie/Rudy) at The Spot in Sun Valley, ID. Other performance credits include Head Over Heels (Ens./Pythio u/s), Twelfth Night (Antonio/Fabian), The Addams Family (Ens./Dance Captain), Pippin (Leading Player), The Revolutionists (Marianne Angelle), Rapture Blister Burn (Avery Willard), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Robin Starveling), ¡Luchadora! (Lupita Guerrero/Mascara Rosa II), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Lucy Barker).
In addition to musical theatre, Savina studied playwriting and directing at Howard, and was a featured playwright in Theater Alliance's A Protest in Eight, a series of eight newly commissioned plays directed by artistic director Raymond O. Caldwell in response to the demands of the Black Lives Matter movement. Their scripts tend toward science fiction and magical realism. In October 2022, they co-directed the Idaho regional premiere of Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu with longtime collaborator and friend Roney Jones.
Offstage Savina is a teaching artist, and has worked with St. Thomas Playhouse, Sage School, The Spot, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Wood River Community YMCA, and Howard University directing, choreographing, and teaching dance, movement, voice for the stage, Shakespeare in performance, and ensemble building to K-12 and undergraduate students. The challenge they are most proud of meeting is directing and choreographing a cast of 129 students in St. Thomas Playhouse's Frozen Jr. In the classroom, Savina focuses on tailoring curriculum to individual students and classes, and teaching technique alongside an ethic of radical love and self-love. They have extensive experience with choreographing large groups with varying levels of dance experience, and prides themself on creating accessible choreography for beginning students, and individualized and musically challenging choreography for experienced students.
Savina will be playing May in the world premiere production of Skyler Volpe's one drop cool at WP Theater June 15-17 in New York, NY. one drop cool is presented as part of Moxie Arts NY's Incubator Program. Tickets are available here.