Department of Theatre

MIrla Criste (Agnir)

Mirla Criste (B.A. Oberlin College, M.F.A. University of California - Irvine) arrived in Wilmington in 2011 with husband Bryan Thompson, and was pleased to join the part-time faculty of the Department of Theatre in the Fall of 2013. That same semester, Mirla was elected to the Board of Directors of Theatre Network of Wilmington.

2014 highlights included appearing as Cassandra in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Red Barn Studio Theatre, for which she won a Wilmington Theatre Award and a Thalian Association Award; playing Barbara Yi in Savvas Yiannoulu's original independent short, Wake of Vultures; and performing Capture, her dance/video collaboration with Cabot Basden, on the Thalian Hall mainstage, as part of Dance-a-lorus, the evening of dance and film that kicks off the Cucalorus Film Festival each November.

2015 activities so far have included directing Rich Orloff's Love Happens for TheatreNow; Quilt, a dance theatre work, commissioned by the Cameron Art Museum for their March fundraiser for ClaudeLive!-a celebration of the life and work of Wilmington painter, Claude Howell; directing and choreographing Singin' in the Rain for Thalian Assocation at Thalian Hall; returning to TheatreNow to write, direct and appear in Joni and JT in Jail, an original folk musical set during the Vietnam War protest era; and performing "Pray, Love, Remember," her dance/video collaboration with Bryce Flint-Somerville, for Dance-a-lorus 2015. Mirla has been nominated for two 2015 Wilmington Theatre Awards, as Best Director and Best Choreographer for Singin' in the Rain, and for an Encore Magazine Best of Wilmington 2016 Award as Best Thespian.

Mirla's creative and academic portfolio can be found at

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


Don Juan Comes Back From the War, 2008


Water: Drought, 2008


Hamletmachine, 2007