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Art is the flaw, captured beautifully, that we may have compassion for our ugliest ugly.
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Ms. Gilbert explores the lines between beauty and the grotesque, seeking to unravel taboos. Much of her work draws on stories of violence, sexual expression and power dynamics in intimate relationships.
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Mara Lee Gilbert is a New York-based, award-winning actor, filmmaker, and writer.
Film roles as an actor include
Threeway
(Nominated for Best US Comedy Feature of the Austin Revolution Film Festival), 
The Pleasure of Being Served 
(Internationally Screened Festival Favorite), 
Isabelle 
(Title Role in this Audience Choice Favorite at the Macabre Faire Film Festival), 
Maxine
(Title Role in this Festival Select),
and How You See Me
(Lead Ensemble in this Festival Select).
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A two-month drama program with inmates at Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility led Ms. Gilbert to write, co-produce and star in the film, What's Left. She ran the first drama therapy group inside the notorious Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane, which strongly influences the focus of empathy in her work. Ms. Gilbert has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Her accomplishments include:

Voted Top Three for Best Actress with the Long Island City One-Act Festival.

Interviewed and written in as a character for the Off-Broadway play, How We Love/F*ck, a play celebrating female sexualitywhich premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.

Mara spoke on a talk-back panel after one of the performances, with other leaders in the field of healing our relationship to sex.

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Award of Artistic and Technical Merit from the Best Shorts Competition for her short film, What's Left, which she wrote, produced and acted in. This film has also been featured at numerous festivals since, including being one of the online featured films for the Princeton Independent Film Festival. 

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Official Film Festival Judge:

Boobs and Blood International Film Festival (celebrating women in horror and fundraising for breast health awareness);

Burbank International Film Festival;

Austin Polish Film Festival

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 Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film with the Macabre Faire Film Festival. 

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Recipient of the Richard Henry Hommel Award for Excellence in Theater at John Jay College. 

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Her one-act play, Steel or Pretzels, was chosen as one of the best plays of the Strawberry One-Act Festival and is published in volume 6 of their anthology. 

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Her poetry has been published in John Jay’s Finest, Volume 22 – a yearly publication showcasing the best student work at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

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Published as the foreword to well-known NY poet, Douglas Rothschild’s, collection: The Minor Arcana, which closes out his  book of poetry, Theogony. 

 


 

She is moved to examine the spiritual nature of all human experiences under a lens of compassion.

 

Art is the flaw, captured beautifully, that we may have compassion for our ugliest ugly.
__________
Ms. Gilbert explores the lines between beauty and the grotesque, seeking to unravel taboos. Much of her work draws on stories of violence, sexual expression and power dynamics in intimate relationships.
__________
She is a New York-based, award-winning actor, filmmaker, and writer. Film roles as an actor include:
Threeway
(Nominated for Best US Comedy Feature of the Austin Revolution Film Festival), 
The Pleasure of Being Served 
(Internationally Screened Festival Favorite), 
Isabelle 
(Title Role in this Audience Choice Favorite at the Macabre Faire Film Festival), 
Maxine
(Title Role in this Festival Select),
and How You See Me
(Lead Ensemble in this Festival Select).
__________

 A two-month drama program with inmates at Bayview Women’s Correctional Facility led Ms. Gilbert to write, co-produce and star in the film, What's Left. She ran the first drama therapy group inside the notorious Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center for the criminally insane, which strongly influences the focus of empathy in her work. Ms. Gilbert has a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

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Her accomplishments include:
Voted Top Three for Best Actress with the Long Island City One-Act Play Festival.
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Interviewed and written in as a character for the Off-Broadway play, How We Love/F*ck, a play celebrating female sexualitywhich premiered at the Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC.Mara spoke on a talk-back panel after one of the performances, with other leaders in the field of healing our relationship to sex.
*
Award of Artistic and Technical Merit from the Best Shorts Competition for her short film, What's Left, which she wrote, produced and acted in.

This film has also been featured at numerous festivals since, including being one of the online featured films for the Princeton Independent Film Festival.

*

Official Film Festival Judge:

Boobs and Blood International Film Festival (celebrating women in horror and fundraising for breast health awareness);

Burbank International Film Festival;

Austin Polish Film Festival

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Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Short Film with the Macabre Faire Film Festival. 

*

Recipient of the Richard Henry Hommel Award for Excellence in Theater at John Jay College. 

*

Her one-act play, Steel or Pretzels, was chosen as one of the best plays of the Strawberry One-Act Festival 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 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

*

Published as the foreword to well-known NY poet, Douglas Rothschild’s, collection: The Minor Arcana, which closes out his  book of poetry, Theogony.


She is moved to examine the spiritual nature of all human experiences

under a lens of compassion.