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MIRLA CRISTE has written, directed, choreographed, vocal-coached, produced, designed, composed for and performed in many years of professional film, television, concert dance, and the dramatic and musical stage.

As a young actor in New York City, Mirla played lead and featured roles in a variety of classical and contemporary dramas, musicals, films and commercials before making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Miss Saigon.

Mirla has two theatre degrees, and has designed and taught courses—full and part time—in the voice, movement and acting curricula of a number of theatre programs all over the country.

In the Fall of 2013, Mirla joined the part-time faculty of the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Theatre and dove headlong into Wilmington's theatre Community. Since then, she has directed, choreographed and performed in theatre productions with a number of area organizations.

For playing the soothsaying housekeeper, Cassandra, in Thalian Association's May 2014 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Mirla was nominated for a Wilmington Theater Award as Best Newcomer, and won both the Wilmington Theater and Thalian Association Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.

Mirla was nominated as Best Director and Best Choreographer for Thalian Association's May 2015 Singin' in the Rain, and co-nominated with Jemila Ericson as Best Supporting Actress for puppeteering the air elemental Ariel in Dram Tree Shakespeare’s April 2016 The Tempest. That year, she was also nominated for a 2016 Encore Magazine Best of Wilmington Award as Best Thespian.

Mirla played Bloody Mary in Opera House Theatre Company's August 2017 production of South Pacific, for which she won a Wilmington Theatre Award as Best Supporting Actress.

Directing Cube Theatre's Spring 2019 production of William Shakespeare's Othello was the first of Mirla's 2019 projects. She will next choreograph Opera House Theatre Company's Fall 2019 production of Shakespeare in Love.

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