Meet Gia Mora


According to my parents, I came into this world singing. I joined my dad, guitarist Rick Chinisci, on the bandstand when I was three, and I haven't stopped performing since.

I had the good fortune to begin my career on the east coast performing world premiere musicals, for which I received four Helen Hayes Award nominations. Modern Songbook Records released my two vocal jazz albums, and I toured the U.S. with my original musical comedy Einstein's Girl. In between all that, I lived in Italy, earning a diploma in Italian Language and Culture from the University of Pisa.

Now based in Los Angeles, I've pivoted to on-screen performing and writing. I recently shot the lead a feature film directed by Palme d'Or-winner Shahab Hosseini. You may have seen me on TV shows like Baskets and Impress Me or in The Night, now playing on IFC. I'm also a series regular (and sometimes composer/vocalist) on the podcast Build for Tomorrow.


In 2019, Anchors Away, the comedy I wrote and star in with Tara Jean O'Brien, screened at the Hollywood Reel Independent and Lift-Off Film Festivals. I also co-wrote the pilot MOMs with the with the Screen Sirens for Science, which was a semi-finalist in the 2018 NY Television Festival Scripts Contest. In 2021, I will executive produce the science docuseries Many Worlds TV with Emmy-award winning director/producer Michael A. Simon.

My other writing stems from an eclectic array of interests, ranging from personal essays to lifestyle pieces. I've composed music for film, comedy songs, and a disco number for Minnesota Public Radio. I also occasionally blog on this very site.

If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be rhinestone Birkenstocks. I love yoga, kitties, sustainable living, and art. Sure, it betrays my Italian roots to eat vegan, but I promise I make up for it in pasta consumption.

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