Mirla Criste

Fight and Dance Choreographer

Stage combat junkie Mirla Criste teaches acting, voice, movement and academic classes all over the country, and is currently on the part-time faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has choreographed fights for Beauty and the Beast; Peter Pan; The Pillowman; Polaroid Stories; Pippin; This Is Our Youth; Blood Wedding; the Scottish play; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and Romeo and Juliet, among other plays.

In her early years as a professional actor living in New York City, Mirla appeared in a plethora of classical and contemporary dramas, musicals, films and commercials before making her Broadway debut in the original cast of Miss Saigon. She has written, directed, choreographed, vocal-coached, produced, designed, composed for and performed in over two decades of professional film, television, concert dance, and the dramatic and musical stage. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, AFTRA and the Screen Actors Guild.


Skill Proficiency History

Date Weapon Location Grade

2009 National Stage Combat Workshops

Jul 24, 2009 Broadsword Winston-Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Rapier and Dagger Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass
Jul 24, 2009 Unarmed Winston-Salem, North Carolina Recommended Pass

2008 National Stage Combat Workshops - NCSA

Jul 25, 2008 Broadsword Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Rapier and Dagger Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass
Jul 25, 2008 Unarmed Winston Salem, North Carolina Basic Pass