Bad Behavior Lab is dedicated to creating and facilitating original works by multi-hyphenate artists.
With a goal to experiment in the way stories are told, we are committed to making art that challenges medium and form; from theatre, to film, to music, to whatever else we want to make, because we can.
We will make art that makes people feel seen, and subverts what is expected, with work that honors the past while pushing forward into the future. Art that empowers and favors the truth, in the face of growing inequality. Art that invites catharsis, encourages action, and reminds you that you’re not alone in an isolating world. Creating is something that connects all of us, no matter where we’re from, or who we are, before we even meet, because we are all human together.
“Bad Behavior” is the uniting falsehood that got us pulled out of the classroom when we were five, and leveraged against us while we learned to express ourselves. It is choosing to break free of societal molds we were forced into, and honing into what it means to be distinctly human, even if it’s ugly. Now it’s a battle cry for originality and freedom, not rejecting but expanding the status quo, and asking provocative and important questions without fear or hesitation. “Bad Behavior” is following your own compass in spite of it all.
You call that bad? It is.
Deana Taheri (she/her) is an English-Iranian actress, filmmaker, and creator based in New York City. As someone who has lived nomadically, moving constantly through her adolescence; and was raised by her British mother and Iranian father, Deana is passionate about telling diverse stories.
Her most recent credits include award-winning short film TRANSPLANT with Bad Behavior Lab, along with her performance as Beatrice in the Lab's premiere stage production "The Inferno, by Dante" at The Tank. She is also a leading role in upcoming web-series Piss Party with Space Fish Productions LLC, as well as their upcoming short film, BLITZ. As a voice over artist, her most recent credits include narration for the NYT acclaimed novel Peaces with Penguin Random House, and the Victoria's Highway series with Audible.
Julia Di Lorenzo (she/her) is a writer, director, actor, and choreographer based in NY. After graduating into an industry-on-hold from NYU Tisch, she co-founded Bad Behavior Lab with Deana Taheri, looking to create new work, and a space for artists when it felt like they were left behind. Under Bad Behavior Lab, she helped create and produce the "Go to Your Room! Anthology of New Work Series," a bi-weekly YouTube Livestream that takes a new twist on virtual theatre. She recently worked as Choreographer on the short film, Cook or Die, and Assistant Director on TRANSPLANT. This past summer she premiered her original play, "The Inferno, by Dante" at The Tank.
J. Kiernan O'Brien (she/her) is a writer/director/photographer based in New York City. Her debut short film, The Yellow Wallpaper, has won multiple awards in the festival circuit, including Best Horror Short at Independent Shorts Awards, and Best Director (Female) at Indie Short Fest, and recently premiered at TRANSlations Film Festival in Seattle. Shooting on 35mm film, she has photographed promotional campaigns for musicians, comedians, and film/TV, as well as concert and set photography. She got her degree in English Literature from New York University, and is an openly trans woman.
Vanessa Vivas (she/her) is a Venezuelan actress, writer, director, and multi-hyphenate creator based in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in the city of Doha, Qatar, she has taken her hybrid identity and infused it into her work, focusing on multidimensional storytelling.
She recently had her NYC stage production debut as the stage manager for Randomly Specific Theatre's "Last Chance for Mama" at The Chain Theatre. She has received honorable mentions for "Best First-Time Director (Female)" and "Best Women Short" at the Independent Shorts Awards for her directorial film debut TRANSPLANT . Earlier this year, she premiered her screenwriting debut The Line, an adaptation of an original stage play, on YouTube. She has also starred in "10 for 21" for Quantum Theatre and "Violet" in I TRIED TO SAY I LOVE YOU, BUT I HAD A CIGARETTE IN MY MOUTH produced with Rodeo Rebel Originals.