Dream Up Festival

Girl Inside title

- New York Premiere


Playwright/Director: Nicoletta Mandriotti

The subconscious is a mysterious place: to sumerge is to discover our lights and shadows, our true and complex selves. Girl Inside the Mirror is a short dance/movement based surrealistic piece that dives into the subconscious of a Latin-american character, the Girl, who emerges into a parallel world: the core of her most vulnerable sole. It is there where all her ghosts and shadows from her past remain and where she can either face them-through the presence of her inner child- or let them destroy her.


Johnson Theater

Thursday - September 6 - 9pm
Sunday - September 9 - 5pm
Monday - August 10 - 9pm
Thursday - September 13 - 9pm
Saturday - September 15 - 8pm

Running time: GIRL INSIDE THE MIRROR is 35-40 Minutes $15.


Nicoletta Mandriotti (Writer/Director/General Producer/Sound Designer): is a Peruvian-Italian director, playwright, dramaturg, and producer. She started working in Theater at the age of sixteen and has been active since then.

Her most current work is known for high physicality and psychological intensity. Her writing approach includes surrealism, expressionism, poetry, and magic. Directing credits include Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, El que espera en el Balcón by Gregor Díaz, and her original play:Girl Inside the Mirror, which recently received 7 nominations, including Outstanding Director of a One Act Play and Outstanding Production from Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018.

Nicoletta is excited and grateful to be presenting Girl Inside the Mirror at Dream Up Festival once again, with a new Team and Choreographer. International producing work includes Limon Company and Mora Godoy Tango Company (tour in Peru) at Gran Teatro Nacional. She has also worked in the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Management at MALI (Lima Arts Biggest Museum). She received a nomination for Outstanding Production at FISABES Festival (Latino American Festival) for Faust by Goethe, where she had the pleasure to perform. Some of her most current physical training includes Master Classes at SITI Company with Ann Bogart and Akiko Aizawa in Viewpoints and Suzuki, as well as Butoh training with the UME Group and Ren Gyo Soh.

She has also received training from Trinity College (Irland) and CELCIT Argentina) in Directing and Acting.

MFA in Theater, Sarah Lawrence College.

Lindsey Dietz Marchant (Choreographer) has been active in the field of contemporary dance and performance for over 20 years as a choreographer, performer, teacher, curator, producer, administrator, and advocate for contemporary performing arts and artists. Lindsey’s choreographic work has been presented around the world from Australia to Russia and in over 30 US states. She has received choreographic commissions from NYC theaters and organizations such as Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Harkness Dance Center, and Music Theater Group, among others. Her work has been commissioned by numerous dance companies across the US. As a freelance performer, Lindsey has performed with over 35 different choreographers and companies working extensively as a collaborating artist with Pavel Zustiak/Palissimo Company (Bessie Nomination for The Painted Bird), with Martha Clark (Lortell Award for Angel Reapers Signature Theater), and with Third Rail Project (Bessie Award for Then She Fell). Additional performance work with Aszure Barton, Monica Bill Barnes, Elena Demyanenko, Ursula Eagly, Doug Elkins (Bessie Award for Sound of Music), Brandin Steffinson, Tami Stronach Dance, and Kate Weare Co., among others. Lindsey had the honor of performing in David Bowie’s, Dark Star. Lindsey has set repertory and taught extensively at universities and conservatories such as Bennington College, NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, Marymount Manhattan College, Oakland University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, SUNY Purchase, University of New South Wales (Australia), Movement Research (NYC), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), and Chunky Move (Australia).

Nicole Amaral (Stage Manager) is currently a junior at CUNY Hunter College and she is excited to be working on Girl Inside the Mirror. She is an actor, director, stage manager, and a company manager. Some of her recent theater credentials include “The Constitution” at Under Saint Marks, “Queen Latina” at Cherry Lane Theatre, “A Sari for Pallavi” as part of The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival and “SAHM’s Club” at Krane Theatre, "The Head Hunter" at The Flamboyan Theater as a part of the Planet Connections Festival, “REBEL VERSES” at Vineyard Theater, "We Rise" at The Public, “Could Have Been” at Hudson Guild Theater. Her upcoming project is "The Awakening of Annabellee", a new immersive experience, Actors Theater of NYC Play Festival, and “The Bench: Instagram Series”. She is also a member of Developing Artists, Actors Theater of NYC, and Saudade Theatre. She’d like to thank Developing Artists and her family for the never ending support and love they give.

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design) Some of his recent credits Includes Broadway Dance Lab '2018 Gala'; NFTC- 'Best Of Trou'; Recording Artist- Neycha Albulm Release Party, 'Holy Hell of Hope'; & Lucky's Lighting 'How Do We Love, verse 2'. He typically does whatever he can to get his name out, being the fact he is currently working with over two dozen companies simultaneous. Although, he's mainly a Lighting Designer, he also dables as a Master Electrician, Technical Director, and even a Producer now-a-days as he create events so all Types of artists can emit their creativity. He is very pleased to be a part of this production and it's success and endeavors.

Natalie Black (Stage Crew) is a NYC based dance artist. She is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College where she received her BA in Dance and Gender Studies. Natalie has had the privilege of learning from Shannon Gillen, Jen Rosenblit, Michelle Boulé, Miguel Guitterez and others. Natalie is currently teaching dance, and holds the production internship at Movement Research. She is grateful to be apart of Girl inside the Mirror, and wishes the entire cast a fantastic run!

Rachel ‘Ihilani Berman (GIRL) is a Maui grown dancer. Her work in New York is with Sarah Michelson and third rail projects and the communities they connect. Deep gratitude to all my families including a special thank you to the staff and guests of Yves and Smith&Mills. In loving living memory of Sarah Berman.

Carrie Keating (LITTLE GIRL) has worked in theatre, film, and television. Most recently she was in the premiere of Kill Hamlet at Signature Theatre and a new adaptation of Don Juan Comes Back From The War with Columbia Stages. Carrie trained in dance at the School at Steps on Broadway. She has danced at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Festival, the Jacob’s Pillow Festival, the Riverside Church Stage and Symphony Space. www.carriekeating.com

Anna Adams Stark (WOMEN IN BLACK) is a NYC based performer and arts administrator, and is thrilled to be joining the cast of Girl Inside the Mirror. Anna has performed in work by Kim Brandt, Tara Aisha Willis, Ivy Baldwin Dance, Levi Gonzalez, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Kendra Portier/BANDportier, Megan V. Sprenger/MVworks, Alexandra Beller, Laura Peterson Choreography, among others. Currently, Anna is working with Laurie Berg and the A.O. Movement Collective. In 2014, Anna joined the staff of Movement Research, where she works as the Programs & Events Manager. She grew up in Normal, IL and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa.

Kaylin Johnson (WOMEN IN BLACK) was born and raised in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She moved to New york at the start of the year. So far she has been a work study at Mark Morris dance Center, completed the summer session at broadway dance center, shared her choreography at shared space at MMDC and danced in a Opera at Brooklyn Opera Works. Back in Minnesota, she attended the University of Minnesota. In May 2017, Kaylin graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Fine art in dance. At her time at the University, she has worked with Michel Kouakou, Joanie Smith, Brian Brooks, Carl Flink, Toni Pierce-sands, Justin Jones, as well as other choreographers and professors. She also represented the dance program at the American College Dance Association Regional Festival February in Duluth. Kaylin’s favorite pastimes are wearing miss-matched socks and dancing down the frozen food aisle at target.

Sara Galassini (ENSEMBLE) is a New York based actor, dancer-choreographer, singer songwriter, director and facilitator. Her most recent original work “One in Themselves” was created in collaboration with Sophie Bortolussi for La MaMa' s 55th season. Galassini is the co-founder and principal performer of UNGUARDED (www.generationoutside.com) and the Sara Galas Band (www.saragalasband.org); a member of La MaMa Great Jones Rep. Company and of The Trojan Women Project (http://thetrojanwomenproject.org/). She has performed in the late Ellen Stewart's productions of The Monk and The Hangman’s Daughter, Seven, Romeo and Juliet, Seven against Thebes, Herakles Via Phaedra,Mythos Oedipus, Dionysus Filius Dei, Fragments of Seven, and the acclaimed production of Trojan Women by Andrei Serban and Elizabeth Swados. Other credits include: The Angels of Swedenborg by Ping Chong & Co, Japan Earthquake & Hurricane Sandy Benefit at Carnegie Hall, Narcissus by Elizabeth Swados, and 9 Windows, Open Door, Room to Panic, In Retrospect all by Loco7 Company. Hoplite Diary by Tom Lee, Theatricale by Urban Research Theater, Yoshiko Chuma’ s Love Story, Palestine, When clowns play Hamlet by Ozzie Rodriguez. With award winning composer, musician Yukio Tsuji, Galassini has conceived, composed and performed 4 original works: Waves of all times, Origin: a Performance art Installation, Unmeasurable Picture and REFLECT-I-ON.

Kelly Bartnik (ENSEMBLE) is a NY-based choreographer, performer, director, teacher and producer. She was an original cast member of both the Boston and NY productions of Sleep No More, originating the role of Bald Witch. She has also had the pleasure of performing with Optika Moderna, Witness Relocation, Cora Dance, Melissa Briggs Dance, South Brooklyn Shakespeare, Woodshed Collective, Switch N Play, and Shelter Theatre Group among others. Her own work has been presented at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX, BRIC Studio, Dance Theater Workshop (formerly), Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, Dogtown Dance Theater, James Madison University, Long Island University, Arena Stage and The Publick Playhouse. She currently teaches Movement for Actors at NYU's Playwright's Horizons, Advanced Contemporary at Mark Morris Dance Center, and Composition at Queens College. She previously taught Advanced Movement at Sarah Lawrence College and was Exchange. She holds her MFA in Choreography & Visual Arts from Wilson College and is a founding member of GK1 Productions, a video production company specializing in dance films. She is currently mounting and directing a new long-term Immersive series entitled HERE and most recently performed as an original cast in the new Immersive experience, Waking La Llorona, presented by the Old Globe Theater and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. This spring she will be joining the cast of a newly devised work with The Pack Theater in NYC as well as performing in Independent Study at The Tank. www.kellybartnik.com www.hereny.com

Kim Savarino (ENSEMBLE) is a Brooklyn-based artist. She joined Third Rail Projects in 2014 and currently performs leading roles in their Bessie award winning immersive experience Then She Fell. Upcoming projects include West Side Story Broadway’s development lab,choreographed by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and directed by Ivo Van Hove, and a collaboration with Netherlands-based upright bassist Annick Odom. In addition to artistic work, she supports artists as the Program Associate at the MAP Fund and co-organizes an ongoing monthly gathering of Asian diaspora activists, artists, and advocates. Savarino studied dance at Florida State University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and makes dance films at @kasavvy. She was born in Southern California and raised in West Virginia.

Tara Sheena (ENSEMBLE) is a performer, dancer, writer, and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. As a performer, she is engaged on upcoming projects with choreographers Ivy Baldwin, Catherine Galasso, and Nadia Tykulsker. She has collaborated on recent performance work with Ivy Baldwin, Kirsten Schnittker, Molly Poerstel, Isabel Lewis, and Nadia Tykulsker, among others. She has also appeared in music videos for Overcoats and Charlene Kaye, as well as the upcoming feature film Shirley, choreographed by Faye Driscoll and directed by Josephine Decker. Originally from Detroit, Michigan, she graduated from the director of BAXCo, the teen repertory dance company at the Brooklyn Arts University of Michigan in 2011 with a BFA in Dance and BA in English.


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