Featured Artist: Mariana Newhard

Featured Artist: Mariana Newhard

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Mariana Newhard
Mariana Newhard

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Mariana Newhard
Mariana Newhard

Actor, Writer moonlighting as Videographer

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve been living in Astoria for a little over a year now.

How did you get involved in theater?
My debut into the theater was playing princess Annabelle in “Cinderfellow” in the 5th grade. I haven’t lived up to that performance since.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love a) the diversity of cultures. I grew up in a multi-cultural environment, so I love being able to explore different ethnic pockets especially when it involves food!
b) it’s midpoint between neighborly and cool. Queens and especially Astoria has homey family oriented neighborhoods. But it’s also a draw for artists and entrepreneurs who are contributing to a growing arts, dining and night life culture.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Bars and Restaurants: The Sparrow, Queens Kickshaw, The Bohemian Beer Garden, Sweet Afton, HinoMaru and Taverna Kyclades.
Points of interest: Socrates Park (free yoga and film series in the summer!), Astoria Park, MoMa PS 1 (Warm UP in the summer is da bomb), Museum of the Moving Image.

Current/Upcoming projects?
Last month I was featured as Crystal Lemon in the premiere screening of the short film “The Snake and the Parrot” directed by Amy Guggenheim at Anthology Film Archives (hosted by New York Women in Film and Television),  and shot a Mitsubishi commercial in The Florida Keys. This month I’ll be playing Andromache in “Troy Is Burning ” for Lunar Energy’s Benefit at The Gibson Showroom on  +Monday June 10th. (tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/382417). Also at the end of this month, I’ll be taking part in a week long residency at MASS MoCA joining the creative team of “Trade Practices” led by Kristin Marting and David Morris. “Trade Practices” is slated for production at HERE Theater Center this fall.


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