Actor / Writer / Narrator/ Model
Mieko Gavia is a writer, actress, narrator, producer, and all-around oddball from Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from Oberlin College with an honors degree in Theater, Mieko followed the classic scenario of a small-town girl with big-city dreams and hightailed it to NYC. When she's not acting, writing, or contorting herself for artists Mieko can be spotted foraging in used bookstores or wherever cheap food abounds. You can also catch her work with Black Revolutionary Theater Workshop, a Brooklyn based, social-justice focused theater company.
Mieko Gavia is a queer, multiracial narrator based in New York City. Her neurodiversity and 10+ years of experience in the indie theatre scene have led to an affinity for diverse, multifaceted characters, and her work as a writer has led to her love of language and dynamic storylines. Mieko is a connoisseur of the weird and offbeat, and she loves YA, SFF, and romance titles of all kinds. When she's not narrating or working on her own YA novel, Mieko loves researching true crime, cosplaying, and curling up with a book, her cat, and a cup of coffee.
"Mieko Gavia performance of Lou is powerful, brutally intellectual yet almost pathologically afraid of sensuality. Throughout the play she is relentlessly perused by the swaggering Ree (Olivia Jampol) and the tremulous Nietzche (Jenny Leona) and even her interactions with Freud (Natasha Hakata) are tinged with a sense of seduction"- New York Theater Review
"At the heart of the play, of course, is Mieko Gavia’s Lou, impressively embodied in all the complexities of her poise, determination, pride, self-denial, and vulnerability."- Culture Catch
"It is difficult to imagine anybody else but Gavia play the Russian born German philosopher. She made Lou appear strong-willed and sharp-tongued, equally successful at philosophical sparing and resisting the attempts of many men to court her."- New Show New York
"While Mieko Gavia is a force to reckon with, she grounds the entire cast with her stunning presentation of Lou Salome."-Time Square Chronicles
"In the title role, Gavia holds our interest for the duration of the play and earns our undying investment and empathy."- Theasy.com
"Mieko's unique character and amiable demeanor combine to make her an excellent model. Not to mention her hair is always great to draw!" -Doug Olsen Director/Storyboard: Venture Bros. & Rick and Morty
"Winner of the David Mack award for art modeling...Mieko is [a] magnificent model and an incredible person. I love drawing her." - David Mack Emmy nominee, New York Times Best Selling author of KABUKI, writer of Marvel's Daredevil. Neil Gaiman's American Gods, FIGHT CLUB & Jessica Jones cover art
"That may sound like a debate in a college writing class, but Ms. Kelly’s treatment is anything but dry, thanks to an ambitious script that works in a stripper (Kaili Vernoff) and includes an amusing sort of Greek chorus of actress friends of the Actress (Mieko Gavia, Ayesha Jordan and Jody Christopherson, whose characters are, of course, known as Actress 2, Actress 3 and Actress 4)"- Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times
"Levine was right: there was so much going on in the park that even the couple from “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm,” screaming about dead babies and male chauvinism—“I’m a woman, not a fool, Freddy”—barely broke through. Some improvised shoving by the actors caused passersby to exchange looks, but no one intervened. New Yorkers feel ashamed when they are compelled to witness an intimate moment, Levine commented. “Space is at such a premium that your zone of privacy grows in certain instances,” he said. “Couples fighting is one of them.”- Anna Altman, The New Yorker
"I scouted out the other Levine performances, which turned into an arduous treasure hunt. Some of the performances seemed to have either taken five, or I wasn't looking in the right spot, and I practically stumbled upon Symbiopsychotaxiplasm. Performed on a crowded oak bridge, the scene from the iconic meta-meta-film (actors are filmed by a crew who are in turn filmed by another crew) was an unexpected thrill, and a great homage to its director, William Greaves, who died last year. In the reenactment, there was no crew, only two people, a man and a woman, acting out a couple's quarrel. The man, at first barely audible, pulsated with anger, finally erupting at his lover: "I'm not crazy!" An elderly couple who had been watching rushed away, muttering. "
They could use some therapy," remarked the woman."- Vice
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Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop