"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, Award-Winning Film Director (Slapface, Black Wake)
“I cast Mara as the title character of my short film Maxine and for a supporting role in The Pleasure of Being Served (Award-Winner). 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
"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, Director, Emmy-Award WInner NicoleFranklin.com
Broadway World review of the Final Round of the 2015 New York New Works Theatre Festival, of which Mara's one-act, PASSAGE, was one of the six chosen plays.
(PASSAGE is now full-length and has shown in NYC and LA)
"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 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.'”