Cynthia Silver
Cynthia Silver
/ Director
 
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Cynthia is a New York City based stage and film director and acting teacher.

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As a filmmaker, Cynthia directed the first season of Adult: The Series, created by Tatienne Hendricks-Tellefsen, which screened earlier this year at the 2018 Hollyweb Festival in Los Angeles, and the Lower East Side Film Festival and Brooklyn Women's Film Festival in NYC.  

Cynthia has also directed two short films with Made With Sass:  Sleep Training, written by Anna Ziegler, was an official selection at Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, NY Shorts Fest, NewFilmmakers NY, and the recipient of a 2015 Silver Spotlight Award; and Sibs, written by Samantha Slater, has screened at the 2017 Oscar-qualifying Edmonton Film Festival, Brooklyn Women’s Film Festival, USA Film Festival (Finalist, Short Film & Video Competition), San Jose International Short Film Festival, the 2018 Garden State Film Festival, Hollyweb Festival, People's Film Festival, SoHo Film Festival and won the IndieWorks Audience Choice Award at both their monthly & Best of Fest screenings in NYC.

 
 
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Cynthia is currently in post-production

for her third short, Chemistry, written by Charlotte Martin. She is currently in pre-production for a short film adaptation of Wendy MacLeod’s one-act play, The Shallow End, which landed her on the shortlist for American Film Institute’s 2017 Directing Workshop for Women, set to shoot on location on Long Island, NY this September.

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Cynthia’s stage directing credits include

Dipika Guha’s The Rules (Joust Theatre Company); Reckless, by Craig Lucas, Uncommon Women and Others, by Wendy Wasserstein and Melancholy Play, by Sarah Ruhl (Atlantic Acting School at Atlantic Stage 2); Almost, Maine, by John Cariani and Shel Shocked: An Evening of Grown-up One Acts by Shel Silverstein (Atlantic Acting School Studio Theatre); Cookie, by Chad Beckim at FringeNYC, among others.  Cynthia was named a finalist for the 2015 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship.

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Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area,

Cynthia began her artistic career as an actor, training at New York City’s Atlantic Acting School, and receiving her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her critically acclaimed one-woman show, BRIDEZILLA STRIKES BACK!, co-written with Kenny Finkle (Winner: Outstanding Solo Show, FringeNYC) received commercial productions in both New York and Los Angeles.

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Other stage acting credits include

TEN, KIDSTUFF, and Open House (Winner: Best Ensemble, FringeNYC) w/ Partial Comfort Productions, of which she is an ensemble member; Paper Cranes w/ Packawallop Productions; Carnival Round the Central Figure at IRT; The Adding Machine (Winner: Best Overall Production, FringeNYC), Richard Nelson’s Jitterbugging: Scenes of Sex in a New Society, Eric Bogosian’s Scenes from a New World, Warren Leight’s The Loop, and The House of Yes, by Wendy MacLeod with Mobius Group Productions, of which she was a founding member.  Big & small screen acting credits include “Boardwalk Empire”, “CSI: NY”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, Brightest Star, The Green, and Colin Fitz Lives!.

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Cynthia has been on faculty at Atlantic Acting School since 1998

and currently teaches acting by way of the Practical Aesthetics technique, developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.  There she conducts advanced scene study classes, with an emphasis on plays written by living women playwrights, to the second year of the professional conservatory and NYU undergraduate program, and workshops on the business of acting to the graduating conservatory and NYU students.

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Former students include

Amelia Rose Blaire (Scream: The TV Series, True Blood), Anna Chlumsky (Veep, Halt and Catch Fire), Lucy DeVito (Speech & Debate, Deadbeat, Melissa & Joey), Edwina Findley Dickerson (If Loving You Is Wrong, Get Hard, Treme), John Early (Search Party, Beatriz at Dinner, Good People), Eloise Mumford (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, Chicago Fire), Elizabeth Olsen (Ingrid Goes West, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Age of Ultron; Godzilla), Marianna Palka (GLOW, Bitch, Good Dick), Rebecca Rittenhouse (The Mindy Project, Blood & Oil, Redband Society), Jason Ritter (Kevin [Probably] Saves the World, Girls, Parenthood), and DeWanda Wise (She’s Gotta Have It). 

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Cynthia credits her twenty years in the classroom for teaching her

a thing or two about and solidifying her love of storytelling, and her colleagues and students for nudging her into the role of director. 

It’s been like finding home in her own backyard.

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