Her work supports the unsettling of dramatic space and the wringing out of shared cultural routines. Her recent design work includes Nancy Keystone’s epic play AMERYKA, for which she received a 2016 ovation nomination; and the short film Noodles, directed by Claire Fowler, which premiered on Nowness.com and has surpassed 90,000 views on Vimeo. Her designs have performed at venues including the Skirball, REDCAT, East West Players, Los Angeles Theater Center and Son of Semele in Los Angeles; Juilliard, the Women's Interart Center and the Irish Art Center in New York; the Nantucket Film Festival; Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia; and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; and with Critical Mass Theater Company, The Equus Projects, Watts Village Theater Company, and Cornerstone Theater Company.
Lena has worked with and learned from diverse artists including Claudio Valdéz Kuri, Brooke O'Harra, Kay Maschullat and Guillermo Gomez- Peña. She also studied Narrative and Immersive Environments with Joe Rohde, the creator of Animal Kingdom, as part of her explorations on activating publics in performative contexts.
Lena holds her MFA in Design for Performance from California Institute of the Arts.