Saturday, May 23, 2009

Coco & Gigi, featuring Mindy Leanse as Cosima!

Mindy Leanse came to New York two years ago from El Paso, Texas to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She graduated from AADA a few weeks ago and is ecstatic to be working on such a wonderful show. So many thanks to the amazing people who put this show together!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Coco & Gigi, featuring Maria Schirmer as Gigi (part 1)

Maria studied theatre at Marymount Manhattan College, from which she graduated with honors. She has also studied at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland, the Neighborhood Playhouse and The Michael Howard Studios in NYC. She also continues her education in creative writing at The New School. Since graduating, Maria has become actively involved in creative and administrative duties with Stone Soup Theatre Arts (, performing in seven shows, co-authoring two and assisting with development, outreach and educational programming. She is also a member of the Literary Wing at the Lark Play Development Center. An avid traveler and yoga student, Maria recently returned from five months backpacking in southern India and studying yoga at The Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.

Coco & Gigi featuring Maria Niora as Gigi

Maria was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She is a graduate of the Athens University with a BA in sociology. A passionate actress since the age of fourteen, moved to New York to study Acting in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she graduated from last spring. She made her NYC stage debut at the Looking Glass Theatre with Cosima and Gigi and now she is thrilled to be cast again as Gigi, this time being part of the inspiring team of the LightFinder Productions. Recently, she appeared in PBS production of The Bacchae. Acting credits include Nora in Doll’s House, Carol in Lady from Dubuque and Cleo in Girl’s Guide To Chaos.