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Mirla Criste

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Office Location: FAC 262


Along with a variety of acting techniques, Mirla Criste's expertise includes a number of diverse dance and movement vocabularies as well as speaking and singing vocabularies. Her work centers on impulse, breath and release, and the symbiotic relationship between voice and movement training in theatre. Along with several academic theatre topics, she teaches studio courses in voice, movement and acting, based on the work of such pioneers as F.M. Alexander, Jacques Lecoq, Nancy Stark-Smith, Constantin Stanislavsky, Robert Cohen and Kristin Linklater.

Professor Criste's primary area of investigation involves the intersection between theatre and contact improvisation (CI), a movement discipline primarily identified with modern dance communities. Her work to develop Contact Theatre, a physical theatre modality that integrates CI within dramatic environments, has resulted in performances locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to making original works of physical theatre, Professor Criste has presented papers and workshops on a number of performance topics, directs both academically and professionally in a variety of performance genres, and continues to perform in the professional theatre on a regular basis. 

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