Read about the exciting Final Round of the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival, of which Mara's one-act, PASSAGE, was a part, here in Broadway World: Finals of NEW YORK NEW WORKS THEATRE FESTIVAL Bring Out Broadway's Elite.
"Mara Lee Gilbert has a staggering emotional range, comes to set prepared and ready to play, and brings those talents to her acting, writing and producing." - Jeremiah Kipp www.kippfilms.com
“I cast Mara as the title character of my short film "Maxine" and for a supporting role in "The Pleasure of Being Served." She is a skilled performer, one who is not afraid to take chances playing characters in edgy situations. As an actress she is very professional. She comes to rehearsals and shoots on time and well prepared. It's always an honor and a privilege to work with her. I look forward to collaborating more with Mara in the future." - Michael Manese Writer/Director, www.angrydougfilms.com
"The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. In winning a Best Shorts Award, Mara Lee Gilbert and What’s Left join the ranks of other high-profile winners including The Weinstein Company for Market Hours, Disney Interactive for Vinlymation: A Love Story and Oscar winning production Mr. Hublot from Laurent Witz. Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, 'Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.'”
"Not only did Mara meet my expectations, she exceeded them. She immediately, and fully understood what was required, and completely immersed herself within the context of what i was trying to achieve. Her acute artistic sensibilities, combined with the ability to 'read' - almost anticipate - my direction based on my reactions to her absolute control of her body and emotional 'states-of-being', created one of the most productive photo sessions i have ever undertaken. Mara possesses an extreme sensitivity and commitment toward shaping that which has never been done before. As an artist, i can think of no greater asset than that of a like-minded collaborator in this regard. Mara Gilbert is that person. “ - Thomas Vasquez, internationally-recognized designer, illustrator, art-director, and artist, www.tomvasquez.com
"Mara Lee Gilbert is one of the most dedicated creatives I've met in the past 10 years. It was indeed almost 10 years ago that I had the pleasure of directing her fearless performance in Last Night I Had My First Orgasm, a vignette for a larger feature from Writer/Producer Jahidah Diaab. And I wasn't surprised when her film short, What's Left, took on a tough relationship rooted in a very dark subculture of society. Mara's work as an actor, writer, producer and who knows what's next, is exciting, enlightening and keeps you on your toes as a viewer. Hold on for the ride." - Nicole Franklin, NicoleFranklin.com
"Mara Lee Gilbert is one of the most innovative writers in the MonologuesToGo.com family. Her characters are edgy, exciting and well-developed. Her furtive imagination takes her work to a level that surpasses the ordinary. She has the ability to analyze the human condition with all its warts and filter it through gritty characters in high stakes situations. The result is exhilarating, challenging material that actors love. Her own acting work is brave, bold and exciting. She is a passionate, talented artist with no end to the depths of her potential." - Joyce Storey, Creator of MonologuesToGo.com