Meet Miz 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 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 on-screen performing and writing. I recently shot the lead in a feature film directed by Palme d'Or-winner Shahab Hosseini. You may have seen me in The Night, now playing on IFC, or on TV shows like Baskets and Impress Me. In 2021, I joined Treehugger, the largest sustainability website on the internet, as an expert writer covering vegan and sustainable food.
Storytelling ❃ Sustainability ❃ Science
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 also composed music for film, comedy songs, and a disco number for Minnesota Public Radio. In 2021, I was awarded a grant from the LA's Department of Cultural Affairs as part of the Citywide COVID-19 Emergency Response Program for which I created this music video directed by Emmy-award winner Michael A. Simon. In 2022, he and I will executive produce the science docuseries I Am A Scientist.
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.
If I were a pair of shoes, I'd be rhinestone Birkenstocks. I love yoga, kitties, and art. Sure, it betrays my Italian roots to eat vegan, but I promise I make up for it in pasta consumption.