Channing is an actor and writer with a B.F.A. in acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Moscow Art Theatre, and an alumna of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy improv training program. She received her master’s degree in creative non-fiction at USC’s Master of Professional Writing program. She’s a member of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, and writes for LA Magazine, LA Weekly, LA Downtown News, and Bitter Lemons, an LA-based theater website. She is also a producer of web content, working with the top YouTube multi-channel networks to create viral video campaigns. In addition, she teaches acting and writing to at-risk youth, and is an editor of The Exposition Review, a Southern California Literary Journal.
Channing was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. Early on, her ambition was to be a ballerina. She studied for several years at the Academy of Ballet Arts, and danced onstage with Mountain West Ballet, appearing in their celebrated annual production of The Nutcracker. In middle school, her primary focus shifted to acting, when she was cast in a school production of Monty Python’s The Holy Grail, in which she played various parts including Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-as-Sir Launcelot and The Bridgekeeper. She continued dancing and acting all through high school, until she moved east to attend New York University. She had been accepted into NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she began forging a major in theatre and writing, with a minor in French. After her freshman year, Channing decided she wanted to focus fully on acting, and transferred into the Tisch School of the Arts Department of Drama. There, she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing, with a focus on Meisner and Grotowski acting techniques, and the development of original material. While at ETW, Channing developed an appetite for the rigorous discipline of Eastern European Theatre and sought a study-abroad program that would immerse her in conservatory-style acting training. She enrolled in The Eugene O’Neill theatre center’s Moscow semester, where she studied at the legendary Moscow Art Theatre, focusing on the methods and techniques of Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov, and Yevgeny Vakhtangov.
Upon her return to New York City, Channing focused simultaneously on creating original works for the stage, as well as auditioning and acting in film and theatre. Some of her favorite theater roles include Masha in The Three Sisters, Sonya in Uncle Vanya, Vee Talbot in Orpheus Descending, and Susie in Wait Until Dark. She has appeared in numerous independent films, and her solo performance works have been featured at Galapagos Art Space, Williamsburg Art NexXus (WAX), HERE, CounterPulse, Shotwell Studios, The Marsh, 975 Howard, and the SF Theatre Festival.
Always creatively inspired in various mediums, Channing joined the electro band The Somnambulants as a keyboardist, and performed all around New York City and Brooklyn, before going on the road across The Midwest and California. In 2008, Channing made the move to Los Angeles, after stopping over briefly in San Francisco, where she founded Observational Science, a company dedicated to the creation of new theater works, whose first work was a full-length, two-person play entitled The Hitherto Unknown.
Almost immediately upon making her home in LA, Channing was cast in the challenging role of a battered wife in The Sunken Warrior, which filmed on location in the hills of Lone Pine, California. Next, she played the lead in a short silent film that shot at the Chateau Bradbury Estate (on their first day of filming, they had to share the location with the cast of crew of Celebrity Rehab, including Garey Busey and Rodney King –a weird welcome to LA!). Channing has modeled (see TLC reality show Get Your Face On), hosted (see StyleHaul’s The Haul), and hammed it up (see Channing on YouTube). While continuously auditioning and rapidly booking work, Channing began studying comedy improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, where she moved through the core curriculum, and continues to train in their advanced study program.
In December 2009, Channing self-produced her original show, Legacy, at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA. More information on the show can be found here.
Channing also teaches theatre and writing to at-risk youth in the Los Angeles area through The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company. She is a member of Theatre of NOTE, and is a freelance producer of web content, working closely with top multi-channel YouTube networks, Fullscreen, Inc. and Maker Studios.
In 2012, Channing began pursuing her master’s degree in non-fiction creative writing at USC’s Master of Professional Writing program, where she is Editor in Chief of The Southern California Review.
Her own writing can be found in LA Weekly, Bitter Lemons, LAist, and more. She is currently working on a book about the famed batik artist Francois Boschard.