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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.

In August 2021, Mirla played Jinx Jenkins in Big Dawg Productions' The Savannah Sipping Society. In November 2021, she will premiere her sixth piece for Dance-a-lorus, the evening of dance and film collaborations at Wilmington's annual Cucalorus Film Festival. This solo work, “Lullabye,” comprises the second installment in a dance/film trilogy, “For Dad,” a tribute to her late father, the Rev. Dr. Federico Agnir.


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