Department of Theatre

Mirla Criste (Agnir)

Mirla Criste (B.A. Oberlin College, M.F.A. University of California - Irvine) teaches both academic and studio classes for the Department of Theatre, and remains active in both the dance and theatre communities in Wilmington, as director, choregorapher, actor and dancer.

Mirla won a 2014 Wilmington Theatre Award and a Thalian Association Award for playing Cassandra in Thalian Association's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. She also earned a nomination as Best Newcomer that year. In 2015, Mirla was nominated for two Wilmington Theatre Awards, as Best Director and Best Choreographer for Singin' in the Rain, as well as an Encore Magazine Best of Wilmington Award as Best Thespian.

2016 activities included participating in her third Dance-a-lorus, this time in Stream, her collaboration with husband Bryan Thompson; performing Balm, her dance-theatre response to Cameron Museum's exhibit, The Bones of: Sculpture by Dustin Farnsworth; and puppeteering Ariel in Dram Tree Shakespeare's Tempest, for which she was co-nominated for a 2016 Wilmington Theatre Award, as Best Supporting Actress, with Jemila Christine Ericson, the voice of Ariel.

In April 2017, Mirla will play the Courtezan in Dram Tree Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, directed by K.C. Macmillan. Her creative and academic portfolio can be found at


Stream, 2016


Balm, 2016


The Tempest, 2016

pray, love, remember - dancealorus

Pray, Love, Remember, 2015

joni and jt in jail

Joni and JT in Jail, 2015

quilt - claudelive

Quilt, 2015

capture dancealorus

Capture, 2014


Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, 2014


Daughters of Abraham, 2010