Hello! I'm Han. (Rhymes with "pan.") My pronouns are they/them/theirs. I'm a queer, non-binary, multidisciplinary actor and theatre artist. I make gutsy, tender, chaotic art.
I grew up on Cape Cod, and went to college in Philly at the University of Pennsylvania. I thought I was going to be a poet (ha), but what I really wanted most was to make and act in plays. After I graduated, I ran a theatre company out of my apartment, toured an original solo show through Philly, New Orleans, and Off-Broadway, did a lot of Shakespeare in a lot of parks, and played drums in an electronic folk band. In fall 2018, I began pursuing my MFA in Acting at Brown/Trinity Rep.
During the summer of 2019 I played the title role in Williamstown Theatre Festival's Foeller Fellowship production of Sarah Ruhl's Orlando, and Danny in a studio production of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.
I've been described by critics as "exuberant," "reckless," and "utterly charming." I love contact improv, making pastel portraits of my friends, playing lots of instruments, and chasing my cat, Cleopatra. I'll be making my Lincoln Center debut this winter in Bryna Turner's At the Wedding. Nice to meet you!
Barrymore Nomination: Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical - Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto, People's Light & Theatre Company
Phindie Critics' Awards: Honorable Mention, Best Supporting Actor - Coriolanus, Lantern Theatre Company
"An exuberant performer..." /Princeton Town Topics, Bicycle Face, Passage Theatre
"Hannah Van Sciver was outstanding as the long lost and much put-upon Marina..." /Wicked Local Truro, Pericles, Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival
"....at the heart of Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please are Van Sciver and Scheppard’s delicately detailed performances..." /Broad Street Review, Tilda Swinton Adopt Me Please, The Greenfield Collective
"The strong, fresh-faced Van Sciver [dives] head first into each role with reckless abandon...Hannah is buoyant throughout the entire production..." /Foley Got Comped, Coriolanus, Lantern Theatre
"Van Sciver...is a pleasure to see and hear...I look forward to seeing what Geffers and her Philadelphia based company of actors will do next." /Huffington Post, Pericles, Die-Cast & Tennessee Williams Festival
"...portrayed with meditative intensity by Van Sciver." /Phindie, Fifty Days at Iliam, The Greenfield Collective
"...Remarkable and real portrayal of the cool, quirky girl working in the post office." /CityPaper, Marbles, The Greenfield Collective