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. For puppeteering the elemental spirit Ariel in Dram Tree Shakespeare's April production of The Tempest, 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 played the Courtezan in The Comedy of Errors for Dram Tree Shakespeare. She has also enjoyed spearheading TheatreNow's Shakespeare Brunches, featuring staged readings of abridged editions of the Bard's most beloved plays. She will next play Bloody Mary in Opera House Theatre Company's August production of South Pacific. Her creative and academic portfolio can be found at

comedy of errors

Comedy of Errors, 2017


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