Meet Miz Mora

I tell inclusive, positive stories that help build a compassionate, equitable & sustainable future for all — often set to a killer dance beat.

Gia Mora and Denny Rivas smile while riding a e-bike in Venice Beach, CA

When not writing, playing music, or acting, I live a low-impact life on the LA River with my love Denny and our adopted kitties Wamba and Giacomo.

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

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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 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 earned a diploma in Italian Language and Culture from the University of Pisa.

Now based in LA, I've pivoted to writing and on-screen performing. My work covering sustainable living has appeared in Modern Farmer, Treehugger, The List, House Digest, Glam, and others. I've also had personal essays published in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and more. On-camera, 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 in 2019. I also co-wrote the pilot MOMs with SCIRENS, which was a semi-finalist in the 2018 NY Television Festival Scripts Contest. Together we co-hosted Scirens Show in 2020.

As a multi-instrumentalist, I've composed music for film, comedy songs, and a disco number for Minnesota Public Radio. During the pandemic, I was awarded a grant from LA's Department of Cultural Affairs to release a music video directed by Emmy-award winner Michael A. Simon. He and I will executive produce the science docuseries I Am A Scientist.

You may have seen me in the critically acclaimed film The Night, playing on IFC, or on TV shows like Baskets and Impress Me. I star in the award-winning feature The Writer is Dead, directed by Palme d'Or-winner Shahab Hosseini. Our second film, The Last Act, will premiere in 2023. I regularly voice characters as well as write and perform original music on the podcast Build for Tomorrow. I'm also the frequent subject of feminist fine art photographer Marjorie Salvaterra, including the covers of Her and Ventura Blvd. Magazine.




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