ABOUT CARMEN MILITO
Carmen grew up in Coney Island, raised by her mother in an Italian/American family where love for Art and Drama were encouraged. The youngest in a family of four, Carmen's love for acting began very early in life.
Actress, drama coach, teacher, writer, director, began her career as an
actress in New York City in 1971 when she appeared in a La
Mama/Experimental Theatre Company production with a young Nick Nolte.
Bitten by the bug, she appeared in a number of their other productions
often times drawing on her interpretive dance and movement background.
From that and her experience as a day care teacher she went on to
create a workshop for troubled inner city youth in her downtown
Brooklyn neighborhood, "Theatre of The Street",
where she encouraged kids to tell their stories non-verbally through
sounds and movement, the language of the street. Parents loved it and
it helped the kids work through their feelings about themselves and
Moving to Los Angeles in 1977, Carmen began studying her craft with The
Actors Studio's Salome Jens. She landed roles on TV and
appeared in indie films, did voice overs for DIC, and continued on
stage. Carmen also devoted herself to the raising of her two children.
Gradually, as fellow actors asked her to direct them in scenes, and
encouraged by Lonny Chapman, Carmen discovered that she loved directing
even more than acting and has been doing it ever since. Beginning in
1994, Carmen has directed “Show and Tell” at the
Group Repertory Theatre in NoHo; “The Three Of Us”
and Agatha Christie’s “Witness For The
Prosecution” at the Globe Playhouse in West L.A.:
“Mrs. Dally Has a Lover” and “Noises
Off” at the Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood: John Patrick
Shanley’s “dreamer examines his pillow”
at the Bitter Truth Theatre and “Happy Birthday” at
Actor’s Alley in NoHo; Harold Pinter’s
“Old Times” at the El Portal Theatre; Eve
Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” at the
Coronet Theatre in West L.A.; Donald Margulies; “Collected
Stories” at Malibu Stage Company and Linda Baggs
Escalier’s “Silent Heroes” for the
VetStage Company. Carmen’s “Beauty Queen of
just concluded a successful and well received run at the Malibu Stage
Company in June ‘08.
At Theatre East in 2002 Carmen directed “Howl At The
Moon”, a series of one-acts which her husband, Sebastian
Milito, produced. Also at Theatre East, in 2003 she adapted the 1953
teleplay “Marty” (with special permission from the
Chayefsky estate) by Paddy Chayefsky for the stage. The work received
tremendous audience response and she was complimented on her adaptation
by Delbert Mann, the Academy Award winning director of
“Marty”, who was in the audience. Rod Steiger also
very graciously agreed to appear on stage and spoke about the making of
“Marty” and the Golden Age of Live Television. In
2004 she directed: “An Evening With Marlene: Falling In Love
Again” – a musical journey through the loves, songs
and life of Marlene Dietrich, written by her husband Sebastian. Carmen
cast a singer with the ‘right look’ and from the
bottom up transformed her into the complex Dietrich yet managed to
avoid caricature. “Marlene” was nominated for two
In 2006, Carmen worked with a writer friend to shape a twenty-two
minute short comedic film inspired by stories of Carmen's
“Slice”, which went into production in January
2007, has won several film festival awards, including the MORE/WIF
Short Film Contest and has been well received by audiences everywhere
it’s shown. With “Slice” her film
directorial debut, Carmen, using theatre as her roots, in branching out
as a film director and hopes to do more.
Carmen has taught Scene Study and Script Analysis at The Lee Strasberg
Theater Institute in Hollywood and at Theatre East and now Coaches
privately. She is a member of The Actors Studio Playwright/Directors
Unit, The Lincoln Center Directors Lab West and Women In Film.
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