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Girl Inside the Mirror
I am the fire.
Written and directed by Nicoletta Mandriotti
Benefiting Women in Need
Running as a double bill with Pregnant Pause.
“Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”
JORGE LUIS BORGES, “A New Refutation of Time,” Other Inquisitions
The subconscious is a mysterious place: to submerge is to discover our lights and shadows, our true and complex selves. GIRL INSIDE THE MIRROR is a short dance/movement-based Surrealist piece that dives into the subconscious of a Latin-American character, the Girl, who emerges into a parallel world; the core of her most vulnerable side, where all her ghosts and shadows from her past remain, and where she can either face them or through the voice/presence of her inner child, or let them disappear her.
Nicoletta Mandriotti (Playwright/Director/General Producer) is a Peruvian-Italian director, playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Known for high physicality and psychological intensity she approaches work with surrealism, poetry, ritualism and magic. Directing credits include Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, El que espera en el Balcón by Gregor Díaz, and her original play Girl Inside the Mirror, currently being presented at Planet Connections Festival. Producing work includes international Companies like Limon Company and Mora Godoy Tango Company and assistant producing at HERE for Prototype Festival. She started in ballet and piano at the age of 4, until she started her training in Physical Theater at the age of 15 in her country. Some of her most current training include Viewpoints and Suzuki with SITI Company (Anne Bogart, Akiko Aizawa), Butoh training with UME Group and Theater of the Opressed at CELCIT, Argentina. In 2014 Nicoletta received a nomination for best adapted (devised) play, “Faust” by Goethe, at FISABES Festival (Latino-American Festival), where she had the pleasure to perform. MFA, Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College.
Stacy Grossfield (Choreographer) is a choreographer, dancer, dance dramaturg, and dance composition teacher. She holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Her body of work as a choreographer includes hot dark matter at JACK, Fur & Tulle at Roulette and Danspace Project, and Red, Pink, Black, for which she received an MCAF grant in 2013. Through AUNTS she has shown work at NADA Art Fair and the New Museum. Theater credits as choreographer include Hoi Polloi’s production of Toshiki Okada’s play, Quiet, Comfort. Grossfield is a 2008-2009 DTW Fresh Tracks artists and she is a curator of dance at JACK.
Joshua Langman (Lighting Designer)has designed lighting, sound, and projections for Ensemble Studio Theatre, Throughline Artists (Summer Shorts), the Castillo Theatre, Teátrica, Brooklyn Gypsies, The 52nd Street Project, the Jim Henson Foundation, Cidny Bullens, the Between the Seas festival, West of 10th, Worry Noise Dirt Heat, and many other companies. He teaches theatrical design at Talent Unlimited High School and has lectured and facilitated workshops on design at Carnegie Hall and other venues. Joshua is a member of Electric Eye Ensemble, where he is the lyricist on the new musical Welcome to the Doll Den. He has a master’s in educational theatre from the City College of New York and a bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College. jltheatricaldesign.com
Zonia Tsang Lok Sze (Composer) is a New York based playwright, theatre composer and music director from Hong Kong. She is a graduate of Hong Kong University of Education and holds a MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2018, she was one of 5 composers selected for the New Dramatists Composer-Librettist studio in New York. Previous work: The Broken Ballad of Monte Cristo (NY), Our Stories (HK), The Blue-and-White Porcelain (HK), One of Us (HK).
Cemre Su Salur (Girl) Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. Cemre Su is an actor, dancer, choreographer and director. She received her BFA for Acting from California Institute of the Arts. Her most recent credit is Bee by Melody Erfani which was performed in HB Studios this past June. She made her European debut with an original play called Fore!. Performed in notable theaters such as Theatre de Ville (Paris), La Comedie de Saint Etienne, Théâtre National de Nice and Théâtre National de la Communauté Française (Brussels). Other recent credits include, Bee (dir. Melody Erfani/ HB Studios), La Casa de Bernarda Alba (dir. Lucas Rivera/ Hollywood Fringe Festival), The Warsaw Project (dir. Radoslaw Rhchick/ CalArts), Sleep Deprivation Chamber (dir. Lisa Gay Hamilton/ CalArts). She is currently working on her own original movement piece VOID that will be going up in HERE Arts Center this August. She is extremely excited and delighted to be working with the entire team of Girl Inside the Mirror.
Tatiana Ronderos (Little Girl) Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She graduated from the Neighborhood Playhouse and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. She is currently trainning with actors Clark Middletown and Ewen Bremmer at Apt 929 Tony Torn Studios, legacy of Geraldine Page. Some of her recently works include Los Pies Pipers de Woodside written by Derek Ahonen and directed by Alejandro Aguilar and filmography: Mile 22 directed by Peter Berg, The Effects of Blunt Force Trauma directed by Ken Sanzel, Mary and Vocation directed by Alejandro Aguilar. She is very happy to be part of the 10th year celebration of Planet Connections Theatre Festivity with the cast and creative team of Girl inside the Mirror.
Victoria Ric (Woman in Black Dress 1) Born in Bolivia, Victoria Ric is an actress based in New York City. After many years of living in Italy, Germany, Mexico and Spain she fell in love with cinema and started her acting career in Barcelona, Spain, in the Study Nancy Tuñón-Jordi Olivé. In those years she worked in big European commercials, like Durex Vibrations and made her first feature Nedar directed by Carla Subirana. She continued her education with teachers like Nickolay Mijailovich Kirichenko, from the Kupala Theatre in Minsk, amongst others. When she returned to Bolivia she began to search new languages of expression and went back to dance, exploring different contemporary techniques and mixing them with clown, poetry, combining movement with words, voice and emotion. Those were intense years working as much in theater, dance, plays or movies. Over the last 2 years she works and lives in New York City.
Antonia-Sophia Scholz (Woman in Black Dress 2) Born in Germany, Antonia-Sophia Scholz is an actress and singer based in New York City. She has appeared in many stage productions in New York and Berlin, Germany. Favorite parts include Olga Sergeyevna in “Three Sisters” (directed by Aleksey Burago) and Penthesilea in “Penthesilea” (directed by Annette Straube). In the last few years she has had various stage names and released a number of singles as “Toni” in collaboration with Songwriter Michael Kingsley: www.cdbaby.com. “Girl Inside the Mirror” is Antonia’s first production at Teatro Latea, thank you to director Nicoletta Mandriotti for an inspiring, intense, and thoughtful story! www.antoniasophiascholz.com
Melissa Monconduit Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to Dallas, Texas and began her formal dance training at Contemporary Ballet of Dallas. In 2009, she graduated from Bishop Lynch High School. After graduating, she attended Fordham University and continued her dance training as a student at the Alvin Ailey School. She graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science. Melissa has danced with modern dance companies in New York, including, Vissi Dance Theater, Rod Rodgers Dance Company, Laurie M. Taylor/ Soul Movement, and Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater. She has danced in the short film, Kingdom, and was the choreographer and lead dancer in the play, HAIRitage. Melissa danced and modeled in Desigual’s fashion show for New York Fashion Week. Recently, Melissa played the role of Nikki in the play, Hands Up and performed in Bring It On, the musical.
Cat Grey is an Asian decent artist. She is extremely proud to be joining the Cast of Girl Inside the Mirror as a member of the Ensemble. She has recently moved back to New York City after spending two years in Los Angeles, CA furthering her acting and modeling career. As well as being an actress, she is a trained classical ballet dancer and singer. Since graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City, she has taken part in many on-screen productions including short films, commercials and music videos. She is excited to be performing live theatre again and is thrilled to be a part of such an empowered cast of women.
Franlis Rodriguez Born and raised in Venezuela, Franlis Rodriguez is an actress currently leaving in NY. She recently graduated from HB Studio, where she studied Acting at the Conservatory Program for one year. She has performed since 2015 in Venezuela. Some of her works include: Rosa de Dos Aromas written by Emilio Cabardillo and directed by the Actor Juan Vicente Perez. Some of her filmography work includes acting in the short film Last Night Stand directed by Larry Rosen, which will be screening at the Bergen International Film Festival in July.
Marissa Graham graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance. She received the Mason Achievement Award 2011-2015 and the Kevin Campbell Summer Scholarship. She has performed with local NYC companies including Impact Movement Collective, Jessica Gaynor Dance, Vissi Dance Theatre (2 international tours) eSKay Arts Collective, and Bloodline Dance Theater. She is a Certified Exercise Fitness Specialist. She has taught all ages from 1-18 and currently teaches for DMF Youth, a non-profit dance prigrama dedicated to serving the underprivileged children of Manhattan. She is a teaching artist for Bloodline Dance Theatre. She has choreographed for Mason Dance Company, Vissi Dance Theatre, and eSKay Arts Collective. The Girl Inside the Mirror is Marissa’s NYC acting debut and she is incredibly grateful for the experience.
Carly Pecora is a recent graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where she studied musical theatre. A Poconos, PA native, Carly starred as Ariel in a The Little Mermaid. Some of her NY credits include Lucille in the tour of Junie B. Jones, Phoebe in Sleeping Beauty, and Kristin in the original film Girlify Me. Carly made her NY Fashion Week debut this passed season walking for a number of designers at the Pennsylvania Hotel. She is so excited to be working with all the strong women in Girl Inside the Mirror. Carly is based in New York City.