Janicza Bravo has signed on as a series regular in HBO’s new half-hour comedy series Camping.  Bravo joins a cast including Arturo Del Puerto (Independence Day: Resurgence) and Brett Gelman (Love), Bridget Everett, Jennifer Garner and David Tennant.

The series was created by Lena Dunham and executive producer Jenni Konner (Girls)

Camping revolves around  Walt (Tennant), whose 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn (Garner). But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited Tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears.

Bravo will play Nina-Joy, the friend you go to for everything: best massage, best jeans, best oatmeal. But her tension with Kathryn over a breach of confidence threatens to topple the weekend and put tooth marks in her marriage to the husband (Gelman) she adores almost as much as she likes a nice clog boot.


Camping will reunite Bravo with Gelman as she directed and co-wrote her recent feature film Lemon with Gelman.  Lemon premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Bravo studied set design at New York University and started her film career as a freelance stylist in fashion, film, and theater.  She started focusing on directing in 2011, and her first short film was produced by Vice titled Eat! starring Katherine Waterston.  Bravo then went on to direct Gregory Go Boom which won her the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2014.  The same year, she was also named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema.  Bravo’s most recent short, Pauline Alone, screened at BAMCinemafest and the L.A. Film Festival, and presented a short for Amazon’s The New Yorker Presents series in 2016.  She also helmed the “Juneteenth” episode of Donald Glover’s hit FX series Atlanta, as well as episodes of HBO’s Divorce, Here and Now, Netflix’s Love and Dear White People.




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