Art is the flaw captured beautifully
that we may have compassion for our ugliest ugly.
I am most passionate about examining human connection, connection to spirit, and sexuality while under the duress of dark, violent, difficult, or taboo situations. And then how we can come through to be at peace and filled with light, or at the very least, see possibility.
I believe that the human experience cannot be free of sexuality and desire for power (even at the smallest level) and examining these can lead to a deep understanding of what it is to be a human living on this earth.
Mara is an actress/writer/producer living in New York City. Her most current work, What's Left, a short film, just won an Award of Artistic and Technical Merit through the Best Shorts Competition. She is also currently developing a piece for Off-Broadway which took second place at the New York New Works Theatre Festival and is a staff writer with MonologuesToGo.com.
Her one-act play, Steel or Pretzels, was chosen as one of the best plays of the Strawberry One-Act Festival of 2009 and is published in volume 6 of their anthology. Her poetry has been published in John Jay’s Finest, volume 22 – a yearly publication showcasing the best student work for that year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also been published as the forward to well-known NY poet, Douglas Rothschild’s, collection: The Minor Arcana, which closes out his book of poetry, Theogony. She has a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the 2010 recipient of the Richard Henry Hommel Award for Excellence in Theater at John Jay, and was recently nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film with the Macabre Faire Film Festival. Mara has worked for the past ten years counseling teenagers in one of NYC's most restricted facilities and has taught drama to incarcerated individuals inside Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center.