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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 theatre degrees from Oberlin College and the University of California Irvine, and has designed and taught acting, voice and movement courses, full- and part-time, for a number of theatre programs all over the country.

In the Fall of 2013, Mirla dove headlong into Wilmington's theatre Community. Since then, she has directed, choreographed and performed in theatre productions with a number of area organizations. Mirla has been nominated for an Encore Magazine Award, a Thalian Association Award and seven Wilmington Theatre Awards in a variety of categories, with three wins.

Mirla's 2023 projects include playing the title role in Big Dawg Production's June production of The Chinese Lady, playwright Lloyd Suh's acclaimed play about Afong Moy who, in 1834 at 14 years old, was the first woman from the orient to come to America. Mirla also serves as filmmaker on Theatre for All's dance/film collaborative piece, Every Body, at November's Dancealorus showcase.


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