I graduated in May 2021 with my MFA from Rutgers Universities Mason Gross School of the Arts program! Woo hoo! I did it!  During a global pandemic and 3AM shifts I accomplished my goal. I feel so determined to earn the career I strive for. I am so thrilled to revamp my career from the one I left behind in Miami 4 years ago. I am looking to build a team that believes in me and is eager to take part in building lasting success. Being an artist is an emotional roller coaster to say the least but there has yet to be a challenge I haven’t been able to overcome. I believe in surrounding myself with positive people that believe in the power of the arts and entertainment. I am beyond blessed to have found a tribe of artists that inspire me and an endlessly supportive family. 

 

I was born in Puerto Rico, my firs language is Spanish, and when I go home  beside reconnecting with my loved ones what I love doing most is having some comfort food and going to the beach. I spent most of my adult years in Miami until I moved to NJ in 2017 for graduate school. All this to say I am a local hire in Miami, Puerto Rico and the tri-state area.

When I auditioned for undergrad at New World School of the Arts in Miami, I didn’t know what a monologue was! But, four years later I graduated Summa Cum Lad. During my last year in undergrad, I started working at Microtheater Miami as an usher and became Theater Coordinator after I graduated. This job taught me so much! I was in charge of payroll, social media, graphic design, I was a one woman show and I welcomed every challenge. It taught me the need communities have for theater and how life changing it can be. After my time there I continued to explore other avenues of theater and became House Manger at Seminole Theatre and the Colony Theater with Miami New Drama. I loved the buzz of opening the house and getting everyone through the door, helping artists and forming a connection with ushers. I had the privilege and joy to Assistant Direct the rising star director Tatyana-Marie Carlo in Clybourne Park at Main Street Players. I also wrote and starred in the short play Pa'riba pa'bajo which was also worked shopped at Williamstown Theatre Festival with a new cast.

 

I am a people person. I love interacting, collaborating, making people feel welcomed and accepted. I have always believed in the power of knowledge and education. I cannot wait to be more involved as a teaching artists and community member. I have been happily married to my high school sweetheart since 2017. After we said I do in Miami we packed up and drove up the east coast to New Jersey to pursue the graduate career I never knew I needed. We have a French Bulldog named Odin that is the soul of our home. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

Until next time,

Gloria Cardona

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