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I graduated in May 2021 with my MFA from Rutgers Universities Mason Gross School of the Arts program! Woo hoo! I did it!  Amidst a pandemic, working 3AM shifts to afford school I accomplished my goal. I feel so determined to give myself the career I deserve. 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 because I believe in surrounding myself with positive people that believe in the power of the arts and entertainment. Today, where I am in life, I get to pursue making a living by healing souls and sharing my humanity. I am beyond blessed! Now that my valedictorian speech is complete let’s get to know each other a bit.

I have many homes which is great for business because I can be a local hire for Miami, Puerto Rico and NY. I am originally from the Island of Enchantment (P.R.), my firs language is Spanish, and I have the absolute privilege of visiting my family in the Caribbean at least every two years. Beside reconnecting with my loved ones what I love doing most when I’m in P.R. is eating some of my comfort food and going to the beach.

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. Being the only person in my class that knew nothing about theater or acting made me feel that I had to prove my place at that conservatory, a feeling that has never left me, it’s my edge.

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 our artists and forming a connection with ushers. I am a people person. I love interacting, collaborating, making people feel welcomed and accepted.

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 absolutely owns us. Thank you for taking the time to get to know me.

Until next time,

Gloria Cardona