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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.

She has since been 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. She was also nominated for a 2016 Encore Magazine Best of Wilmington Award as Best Thespian.

In addition to traditional theatre productions, Mirla regularly participates in dance projects throughout the year at the SARUS Festival, the Cameron Art Museum, and in Dance-a-lorus, the concert of film/dance collaborations that kicks off the annual, highly-regarded Cucalorus Film Festival. She also acts on camera, most recently in the films Native Voices and Wake of Vultures.

In 2017, Mirla played The Courtezan in, and served as Choreographer for, Dram Tree Shakespeare's April production of The Comedy of Errors; spearheaded TheatreNow's monthly Shakespeare Brunch, featuring staged readings of 1-hour abridged versions of William Shakespeare's plays; and, as her final endeavor in the ILM, plays Bloody Mary in Opera House Theatre Company's August production of South Pacific.

In the Fall of 2017, Mirla will join the permanent acting faculty of Drake University's Department of Theatre Arts.

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