DORIS MIRESCUis a Romanian born director. She is also the founder of New York based theatre company Dangerous Ground. Her most recent productions include S., a multimedia site-specific adaptation of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film Solaris, Paris Belongs to Us, a mutlimedia adaptation of Jacques Rivette's 1958 film and L’Amour Fou based on Jacques Rivette’s 1969 film, both at The Brick Theater as part of 3 by Rivette, … But the Next Morning, a multimedia site-specific art installation inspired by Jacques Rivette’s 1974 film Céline and Julie Go Boating and It's Too Late, a multimedia site-specific art installation dedicated to Jean Eustache's film The Mother and The Whore ( both at Scapegrace, Brooklyn). Other credits include From Dawn Till Night, a multimedia adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 film, In a Year with 13 Moons (2010 undergroundzero festival at PS122), John Cassavetes' Husbands (Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater) and 3!, a multimedia experiment based on Fassbinder’s 1979 film The Third Generation (PS122 as part of the 2009 undergroundzero festival- Prize for Best Production). She directed Fassbinder’s Beware of a Holy Whore at the SVA Theatre, Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris, Madness of Day by Maurice Blanchot and Neil LaBute’s The Distance from Here, all at Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory. She also directed the American Premiere of Paul Solomon’s Aching to go Home at the Epic Center Theatre (Kalamazoo) and Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès as part of Koltès New York 2003, a festival which she also produced (Ohio Theater). Directing credits include Story of Rats, her adaptation of works by French writer Georges Bataille (Chashama) and the European Premiere of Les Nuits Sans Lune by French playwright Véronique Olmi (Parc de La Villette, Paris). Other New York credits include: Silence of Snow (NY Fringe Festival-Soho Rep) and Cocteau’s The Handsome Hunk. Ms. Mirescu was the assistant director of French director Brigitte Jaques, with whom she worked on Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler (La Comédie, Geneva, Switzerland) and Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost (Western Michigan University). Ms. Mirescu was four times the recipient of Etant Donnés, the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. She holds a Summa Cum Laude Master of Arts in French Literature from Paris-IV Sorbonne as well as an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. She has taught Advanced Acting and Directing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, served as an adjunct in the PIMA program(Performance and Interactive Media Program) at Brooklyn College and worked as a theatre and film critic for the Swiss magazine Scènes and as a translator/interpreter for Lincoln Center Theater and the French Cultural Services in New York. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
DAVID BIANCOan American actor, is no stranger to the stage and screen. Having earned his BFA and MFA in the theatre arts, he has appeared in over 35 theatrical plays, musicals, and classics. Favorite roles include Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, Bernard in Boeing Boeing, and now the Title role in a new musical premiering in Manila Philippines called Marco Polo: An untold love story. David began working with Doris while studying at Western Michigan University in 2001 and was directed by her in a new play called "Aching to Go Home." Seven years later while living in NYC he appeared in Dangerous Ground's production of "3!" at PS122, as part of the undergroundzero festival. However it is on screen which David has flourished in recent years. Since traveling to the Philippines, David appeared in Star Cinema's commercial hit "It Takes A Man and A Woman." He has also played a reoccurring role in TV5's "Nandito Ako" as American singing sensation David Archuleta's "Uncle Steve." Commercially David has been seen together with his wife Jennifer Blair-Bianco in the department of tourism's commercial "Its More Fun In The Philippines" campaign as "The Lovers." In the past three years David has starred in the indie films "Hey Joe" by Jacques Palami, "Hello Forever" which he co-produced, and is currently shooting Ian del Carmen's feature "Sabine." Previously David's played featured roles in "Fubar Redux" and "Hope" which both respectively made it into the Cannes Film Festival. Currently David is also working for Manila's oldest English speaking Theatre company: Repertory Philippines as Marketing Director and handles Business Development. He takes great pride in working in an environment which places high value on developing Filipino talent and is thankful to be able to stay consistently active in commercials, stage, and film. His dream is to continue developing challenging and provocative theatre and film!
Dream actors to star opposite on Film include Viggo Mortensen, Philip Seymor Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Geoffrey Rush, Emma Stone, Christopher Waltz and Kate Winslet. Follow David on twitter: @david_bianco or on Instagram: @biancointernational To find out what Repertory Philippines is doing check out www.repertoryphilippines.com.
KIRA DAVIESis fascinated by the power of acting to immerse the individual in the imagination. Exploring a character allows a freedom sometimes lost after childhood. Kira is a permanent member of Dangerous Ground and she has done numerous stage works with the company, including It's Too Late, The Distance from Here, Beware of a Holy Whore, Last Tango in Paris, John Cassavetes’ Husbands, From Dawn Till Night and It’s Too Late. Recently she performed the role of Fiona in a new work Mother MacQuillin by J Paul Porter directed by Joe Paradise. She currently has three Independent features coming out in the festival circuit. One of which she holds the title character "Remedy" by Cheyenne Picardo. Kira trained as a cinematographer at The School of Visual Arts.
PATRICK FLYNNis a writer, director, actor and playwright working with Doris Mirescu, and Dangerous Ground Productions, for the past two years. After assisting with set construction during "Madness of Day", Patrick went on to do live feed camera work and acting on "Beware of a Holy Whore". He played the role of ‘Tom’ in Doris’ adaptation of "Last Tango in Paris", doing live feed camera work once more. It was during this time he finished work on a documentary short entitled “Joan" which dealt with the fragility of old age, and recollection. Patrick has been Doris’ assistant director on her past three productions, including both runs of "John Cassavetes’ Husbands" [the first of which was performed in May of 2009 at the SVA Theatre, the second at the Under the Radar Festival in Jan. 2010], "3!", which was performed as part of undergroundzero festival in August of 2009 as well as Dangerous Ground's From Dawn till Night. ( PS122/ 2010 undergroundzero festival). Patrick wrote and directed a one act play entitled "For Every Evil Under the Sun", which performed at the Visual Arts Theatre in March of 2009 and featured company members Francis Oberle and Mark Lechner. He has just completed work on "Dig a Hole to Put the Devil In", a narrative short involving Mark Taylor, a Jazz French Hornist.
GAYLE GREENEis a member of The Actors Studio. Her acting credits include Dangerous Ground's multimedia productions of John Cassavetes Husbands-Under the Radar festival at the Public Theater; 3! for the 2009 “undergroundzero" festival at P.S.122 based on Fassbinder’s The Third Generation and From Dawn till Night, an investigation of Fassbinder's 1979 film In a Year with 13 Moons. (PS122 /2010 undergroundzero festival). She has performed in an Actors Studio workshop production of Playing With Fire by August Strindberg, directed by Lee Grant; received “Best Actress" award from the New York Theatre Club for her portrayal of Judith Keith in The Jewish Wife by Berthold Brecht. Her film work includes a prize-winning film about Crib Death Syndrome, her role being that of a grieving mother.
EMILIE GRUATis an actress and a writer. She performed with some of the greatest directors in Paris and around the French Territory- starting in Tahiti, where a member of the Tanana Troupe, she then arrived in Agen (South West of France) where she worked with Pierre Debauche (Les Masues Ostendais) and Robert Angebaud (Antoine M’a Vendu Son Destin; Le Cercle De Craie Caucasien). In Corsica, she met Alan Boone and Nadine Darmon , two alumni of Paris’ National Conservatory of Theater, with whom she created Perceval (based on Chretien de Troyes’ novel); and Pierre Vial, with whom she worked on The Satin Slippers (Dona Sevenswords). In 2002, she became a member of Ariane Mnouchkine’s company, Theatre du Soleil, where she worked for nearly six years, acting in both Le Dernier Caravanserail and Les Ephemeres. Based in Paris, the company also went on tour all around the world (Melbourne, New York, Rome, Berlin, Athenes, Taipei, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Buenos Aires..). Emilie also traveled a lot on her own: US, Cambodia, Turkey, Afghanistan, and she is currently working on a portfolio based on her experience alone there in October 2004, both in kaboul and Faizabad. She taught Theater in Paris, and also tamure (Tahitian Dance) to children in Agen. In 2009, she created two shows with children in Paris’ suburb. Emilie has spent more than a year in New York, where she is studying acting in Cay Michael Patten Studio, and also performed for Carolee Schneemann at The Judson Church Theater. She also assisted the French filmaker Eric Darmon when he came here ( Linclon Center) to shoot his documentary about Les Percussionnistes de Strasbourg. She recently went to San Fransisco to act in “Othello 11" a French and American show directed by Astrid Bas and produced/hosted by Zspace. She performed in Doris Mirescu’s “It’s Too late" in July 2011.
MARK LECHNERMy dedication to the visual arts began with an internship at the local photographer of my hometown Norden, Germany – when I was sixteen years old. Two years later I discovered my fascination for nonlinear video editing. I left to Hamburg to start an apprenticeship in a post-house. For three years I learned editing of commercials, industrials and music videos and attended the Hanseatic Academy for Marketing and Media. I graduated in 2003 and moved to Berlin. In Berlin I worked for Telemaz Commercials. Here I edited and supervised the postproduction of commercials for Volkswagen, BMW, and many more. I got the opportunity to direct my first commercials and short films for the company. My short “Urban Flowers" won Silver in the B-IN-BERLIN short film competition in 2006.
I went to New York in 2006 to study directing at the School of Visual Arts and earned a special departmental grant in 2007. Inspired by Vojtech Jasny, a legendary Czech filmmaker, I began to shoot and direct my first feature length film about struggling artists in NY, which is planned to release end of 2010.
As a former student of Doris Mirescu, I’m thrilled to collaborate on her multimedia theater productions. I became a permanent member of Dangerous Ground Productions in 2009. My journey on stage is to infuse the technical aspects of a live camera on stage with the emotional qualities of an actor.