Manaster began her relationship with Voice of the City back in 2002, as
a frequent contributor to Vaudeville Underground, where she created and
performed a variety of different characters every month. In 2003, she
and Dawn Marie Galtieri shaped the work she had done for Vaudeville into
an evening of theater called Present Imperfect,in
which Ilana played eleven different characters during a sixty minute
performance. The show was produced by Dawn Marie Galtieri and
Christopher Ellis at Glade Memorial Hall. After taking another
one-person show, My Life as a Blonde to
the New York Fringe Festival in 2004 and spending some time working as a
standup comedian in and around New York City, Ilana shifted her focus
from performance to writing fiction. She currently teaches composition
at Columbia University and has recently finished her first novel,The Ruckus.
has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Her work has been seen
in Chicago at the Rhinoceros Theatre Festival and at the 1926 Gallery.
Her fiction has appeared in Soon Quarterly. In 2012 she completed a
residency at Catwalk in Catskill, New York.