MARIA MÜLLER (she/her)
Maria is a Romanian artist based in NYC. Her most recent projects include Where Are You? (Digital), directed by Sim Yan Ying as part of Mabou Mines' SUITE/Space 2020, On How To Be A Monster, written by her and directed by Federica Borlenghi, the short film Where Are You from Again? written and produced by her and directed by Benjamin Freemantle. For her role in the film, she won Best Actress at Indie Short Fest - Los Angeles International Film Festival and she was nominated for the same award at the Paris Film Festival. She has also been the host of East European Comic Con since 2016. She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a major in Drama and a minor in Dance.
GIORGIA VALENTI (she/her)
Giorgia is an Italian artist in New York. She was most recently in This is Me Eating___, an immersive theater installation based on a concept developed by her and produced by her theater company: Et Alia Theater. With the latter, Giorgia has worked with multiple Off Broadway companies such as Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Irondale Women Festival and they were honored speakers at TEDxYouth Columbia. She was in the reading of It Can't Happen Here with Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene/Kairos Italy Theater and she has also worked on the development of A Thousand Ways (The Public) and The Fever (La Mama) with 600 HIGHWAYMEN. Giorgia's on-camera work includes a co-starring role in The Right Reasons (ActorsConnectionTV), for which she got a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Lee Strasberg Film Festival and her starring role in a Sandalwood feature film Teenage directed by Guinness World Record Holder Kishan Shrikhant. She also co-produced and co-starred in a new film ‘Til Morning that is currently in Post-Production. Giorgia graduated with Honors from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts with a Major in Drama and a Minor in Dance. She has been modeling since the age of 14 and lived in Italy till she was 10, in India till she was 17 and has been in NYC ever since!
ANA MOIOLI (she/her)
Ana is an award-winning actor, director, producer, and writer from Brazil and based in New York. Her career in acting has spanned the world, from Brazil to Russia to the United States. She has recently starred in CherryBomb, a TV series coming out on Amazon Prime in 2021 for which she was also a producer. She has received awards and nominations for her performances in both theater and film, such as in the film Elsewhere (ASFF Best Actress Award; Brazil International Film Festival's Special Jury Award), in the film Julieta (Independent Shorts Award – Best Actress Nominee) and in the show Birds of a Feather (The Secret Theatre/Take Ten Play Festival – Best Actress Nominee). She has also performed Off-Broadway several times with companies such as Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and Group .BR. She co-directed with Ryan Cairns the short film 'Til Morning and directed and wrote the short film Bridge. Her play For The Time Being, which she also starred in, was produced at the NYWinterfest Festival in 2020.
LUÍSA GALATTI (she/her)
Director of Creative Development
Luísa is a Brazilian actress, producer and makeup artist based in NYC. She is the Director of Creative Development of Et Alia Theater, a theater company founded and led by international women. Luísa creates and produces new forms of theater and film that connect people with different stories and backgrounds. With Et Alia, she produced and performed multiple shows such as White Rabbit Red Rabbit and This is Me Eating ___. Back in her home country, Luísa worked as a producer and performer in several shows, including Cronicas de Nuestra América, written by Augusto Boal and directed by Marco Antonio Rodrigues. She was also part of the production of Distopia Brasil, a devised piece directed by Pedro Granato. She was an Assistant Director and Guest Star on the TV Show CherryBomb (to be released on Amazon Prime in 2022). Currently ‘Til Morning, a short film that she wrote, produced and starred in, is circulating film festivals all over the globe.
She holds a BFA in Theater from Escola Superior de Artes Celia Helena and moved to NYC to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
DENIZ BULAT (she/her)
Deniz is a Turkish actor, writer, producer based in New York City. Her most recent acting credits include Loners and Flirtation of Art in Stonestreet Studios, Stupid F**king Bird and Romeo & Juliet both in Atlantic Theater School. She wrote and starred in her short film Angel, directed by Amelia Annen. Deniz is a graduate of NYU Tisch Drama. She is interested in multi-medium story-telling, international collaboration, and producing in a global setting.
ANNABEL EKELUND (she/her)
Annabel is a development professional in New York City, with a focus on theatre and fundraising operations. While obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, Annabel developed a passion for the international arts community. As President of her university’s performing arts fund, she granted over $29,000 in production funds to international students, enabling them to perform on university stages and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Annabel returned to the States in 2018 to receive her Masters in Performing Arts Administration at NYU, alongside gaining valuable practical experience in global arts engagement, institutional giving, and professional development. She is very excited to be joining Et Alia Theater as a member of its Board of Advisors and looks forward to getting back to live theatre as soon as possible.
WHITNEY ULAND (she/her)
Whitney is a queer actor, filmmaker and certified life coach for artists. Her award-winning films have been seen around the world (including Cannes Film Festival, Bentonville Film Festival, SeriesFest, Catalyst Content) and she has been featured in Funny or Die, Authority Mag and Deadline. Whitney’s debut feature film which she co-write, directed and stars in, The Cosmos Sisters is in post production and Whitney recurs in season to of HBO’s Love Life, opposite William Jackson Harper. Whitney is also the owner of Abundant Artist Coaching, a life coaching and mentorship program for artists around the world who are ready to take their careers to the next level.
ANGEL DESAI (she/her)
Angel is an actor, singer, musician, and activist. Her most recent TV and film work includes “Blue Bloods”, For Life”, “NCIS: NOLA”, “City on a Hill”, “Bull”, klutz., The Oh-Gees, and Lady Apsara (also co-producer). Broadway: "Company" (2006). Off-Broadway: MTC, NYTW, CSC, Playwrights Horizons, The Public/NYSF, Women's Project, Ma-Yi, MCC. Regional credits include: Yale Repertory, George St. Playhouse,The Old Globe, McCarter Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, Playmakers Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, Sundance Theater Festival, NY Stage and Film, O'Neill Theater Center, and the Cape Cod Theater Project. You can hear her as the voice of First Minister Jinn in “Gears of War” 4 and 5. She has an MFA in Acting from NYU. For more info, go to www.angeldesai.com
MELISSA CRESPO (she/her)
Melissa is from Connecticut with Dominican, Puerto Rican and Chilean roots. She is a New York City based director of theater, opera and film. She is also a producer, dramaturg and playwright. As a director, Melissa has developed work at New Dramatists, The Lark and theaters around the country. Favorite past credits include: world premiere of Charly Evon Simpson’s form of a girl unknown (Salt Lake Acting Company), Promenade by María Irene Fornés and Al Carmines (Artist-in-Residence at NYU Tisch), and her production of Karen Zacarías’ Native Gardens co-produced by Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center and Portland Center Stage. As a playwright, Melissa co-wrote Egress with Sarah Saltwick. It received the Roe Green Award Workshop Production at Cleveland Playhouse last Spring and will receive a NNPN rolling world premiere starting this fall. Melissa has served as a Time Warner Fellow at WP Theater, Allen Lee Hughes Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theatre and is an alum of the Drama League Director's Project. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop and received her MFA in Directing from The New School for Drama where she is now a faculty member. She was featured in the Broadway Women’s Fund “Women to Watch on Broadway” of 2020. She is a proud member of the 2021 Stonehenge NYC Still Standing Artist Residency, and was recently named Associate Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage.
ASIIMWE DEBORAH KAWE (she/her)
Asiimwe Deborah Kawe was born in Kiruhura, in South Western Uganda. She is an award-winning playwright, producer and performer. Currently, the Producing Artistic Director of Tebere Arts Foundation and co-Artistic Director of the Kampala International Theatre Festival. Asiimwe has worked with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program; dividing her time between New York City and East Africa, she led the East Africa initiative, a program that covered the countries of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda for six years. Ms. Kawe received a Diploma in Music, Dance and Drama, and a B. A. in Theatre and Performing Arts from Makerere University in Kampala-Uganda, and an M.F.A. in Writing for Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. Ms. Asiimwe’s recent plays include Red Hills, Forgotten World, Cooking Oil, Appointment with gOD, Un-entitled, Do they Know it’s Khristmas? to mention but a few. Her radio play, Will Smith Look Alike won an award with the BBC World Service African Performance playwriting competition. Nobel Laureate Prof. Wole Soyinka, who was the judge of the competition had this to say about the play; “I thought the writing was very good and I became really caught up with the play wondering what the final denouement would be.” Asiimwe has been a writing fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany, a guest Artist at Pomona College in California, USA and at the New York University in Abu Dhabi. For more about Asiimwe’s work, visit the following websites:
LOUISE HELLER (she/her)
Louise is a German born, New York based, actress and writer. Having worked in Regional Equity Theaters as well as New York theaters, she has performed classical roles such as Shakespeare’s Gertrude (and Polonius), Wedekind’s Mrs. Gabor, Alcott’s Marmee, and Wilder’s Mrs. Webb, as well as many roles from mothers to criminals to professionals in contemporary dramas, comedies, and Indie films. As a bilingual actor, she has also been cast in multi-lingual productions, such as a five-language ensemble devised production based on O’Neill’s Marco Millions for Brooklyn’s Target Margin Theater, and played German roles, such as Mariah Hildenbrand in the award-winning short-film film Victor!! by James Zeiss. She trained with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock at The Barrow Group, where she completed the 1.5 year professional conservatory program. During the One-Month Intensive Program at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts she worked with Tina Packer, Dennis Krausnick, and Kevin Coleman on all aspects of Shakespearean acting; as a long-standing member of the Letter of Marque theater company in Brooklyn, she is well versed in improvisation, ensemble work, and devising theater pieces. Born in Germany, Louise came to this country in her early twenties to study theater; she initially became a researcher and writer only to return to acting again later in life. She is also an educator and researcher at the Tenement Museum in New York.
MARINA ZURITA (she/her)
Marina is a theatre director born in São Paulo, Brazil. Among her credits she has for The Time Being (by Ana Moioli) produced at the NY Winter Festival in 2020 and at Dixon Place (reading) in 2019; Love & Depositions co-directed with Acadia Barrengos and Mollye Maxner; and Mother Tongue, an original piece conceived by her and performed at UNCSA MainStage season in 2022. Marina is currently an intern at Manhattan Theater Club and a Directing Fellow at Et Alia theater. In the fall she will be joining the Kenan artistic fellowship at Kennedy Center and the Lab at A.P.E.