About the Artists

Dipti Mehta (PhD) (Playwright/Performer)

www.diptimehta.com

I discovered the power of theater at a very young age of 6 in Mumbai, India and continued to do theater through school and college. I was fortunate to get opportunities to voice my opinions on All India Radio at the young age of 13. According to me theater is a very powerful way to bring about any social change. I discovered my calling to be an actor before I could understand what a calling meant. It was the desire to make a difference through art that led me to writing “Honour”. “Honour” is very close to my heart and it speaks to the viewer’s soul. In parallel to “Honour”, I have been on interactive anti-sex trafficking panels with FBI agent Mara Schneider, Writer and Social worker, Stuart Perrin, Law professor Gloria Brown Marshal, and groups like ECPAT and AF3IRM. Besides acting my passion is reading and writing. I get inspired from my environment and people around me. I believe that art is not distinct from life, they are in-separable.

TV credits include “The Blacklist” (NBC), "Golden Boy" (CBS), “Deadline Crime with Tamron Hall’ (Investigation Discovery), "One Life to Live", “Virrudh”, “Hum-Tum”, and “Yoga for you”. Film credits include "Split", “I Dream of Hope”, “Midnight Delight”, “Far Away”, "Penumbra" (Cannes Short Film Corner), “A box came to Brooklyn”, “Life! Camera Action” (Winner- 11 nominations and 3 awards), “A good life”, “Walkaway”, “Mamarosh”, “Red Corvette”, “Victory”, “Colors of Passion”, and “Summer of 2007”. Theater credits include “Half Hearted” (Cherry Lane Theater), “Grahan...the Eclipse” (Winner-4 awards), “Nishfal” (Winner-2 awards), “Get Back”, “Vagina Monologues” (Abingdon Theater),“Honour” (La MaMa & Urban Stages) and “Bollywood Wedding”.

Mark Cirnigliaro (Director)

Mark has been working as a professional actor, director and coach for the last 16 years in New York City and the surrounding area.  As an actor he studied with the famed William Esper at William Epser Studios. Mark has appeared in One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Guiding Light, All My Children and 30 Rock as well as the independent features The Project, Absolute Trust, Loveless and Wildlike. Mark has won the Samuel French Competition twice with The King and The Condemned by Larry Brenner(Actor) and Mountain Song by Josh Beerman (Director).  He was nominated for Best Director at the Wonderland One-Act Festival and was the only male director with an official selection at Eve Enslers original V-Day UTVS Film Festival. He directed the first scholastic productions of Annie Baker's The Aliens and Rajiv Jospeh's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo as well as numerous world premiers, most notably The Hounds of War by Bill Holland (Broadwayworld.com "Must See"),  The Little Princess by Jennifer Bowen (June Havoc Theatre), The Judgment of Fools by Bernardo Cubria (INTAR Theatre)  and Honour by Dipti Mehta (Urban Stages). Mark is the Associate Artistic Director of Mile Square Theatre, a company member of InViolet Theatre and co-founder of Wee Man Productions. He is currently an adjunct theatre professor at Nassau Community College and Hudson County Community College.  He graduated Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts with his MFA in Directing, earning the Dean John I Bettenbender Award for Artistic Excellence.