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A Mother’s Heart Creative Team


Daniela Dellavalle is an Italian actor, director and playwright. She holds a theater degree from the University of Triest and attended Accademia Teatrale Città di Trieste (Triest Theater Academy) where she studied Commedia dell’Arte, Clown, Shakespeare and the role of the Fool. She participated in three editions of the International Directing Prize (Fantasio Piccoli, Trento). She started writing at sixteen and studied playwriting/screenwriting with Barbara Sinicco (Paolo Grassi Theater Academy, Milan), Giovanni Veronesi and Massimiliano Bruno. Most of her plays tackle social issues and her works are prominently featured in the indie theater circuit in Rome. She studied Art-Theater Counseling (European Theatrical Institute, Rome), which led her to meet Jordi Forcadas. With him she devised the Theater of the Oppressed and educational theater for children in need in Barcelona, Spain (Forn de Teatre Pa’Tothom). In 2014 she won third place for “Prima della Prima” (European Theatrical Institute) with a children’s play about divorce. She has taught playwriting in Triest, Rome and Budapest. She is currently working with Magnolia Association, an art-therapy center in Triest.



New York based actor, musician, singer-songwriter and director. Born and raised in Italy where she graduated from the Bernstein School of Musical Theater, she moved to New York to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and to continue her work as a musician and singer-songwriter. Italian credits include: Ragtime, Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife), Urinetown, Parade (Mrs. Phagan), Duke Ellington’s Beggar’s Holiday (Mrs. Peachum), Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Mrs. Lovett), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (u/s Mrs. Potts and de la Grand Bouche). New York theater credits: Come Back to the 5&Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Juanita), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Shakespeare Benefit (Joan La Pucelle), The Heidi Chronicles, Midnight on a Monday (MITF), 4th Rib From the Right (Director), A Mother’s Heart (Psychiatrist), Ask Joseph (Mother) Norma Jeane Was a Brunette (Director), A Mother’s Heart (MITF-Director). Web series: Oh My Godness, Perspective (Jeremy Chevillotte). Short film: The Days Before Last (Babak Mehrabi Parsiyan). She is also the drummer and backing vocalist of the lazy-punk band What Would Tilda Swinton Do.



Alice Lussiana Parente was born and raised in Italy, then moved to New York to attend the Stella Adler Studio of Acting from which she recently graduated. NYC theatre credits include: The Woman Who Reads (In Scena, Italian theatre festival), The Mountain Giants (Helluva theatre company), Richard III (Gallery Players), Uncommon Women and Others (Stella Adler Studio). Italian theatre credits: Annika in Pippi Longstocking (Theatre of Rome – National tour), Beba, The Night of Assassins, (Theatre Vittoria) Alma in Summer and Smoke, (Theatre Juvarra) Ariel, The Tempest (Cavallerizza Reale) and Franceschina, Il Falso Magnifico directed by Eugenio Allegri. Film and TV credits include: Peopling the Palace directed by Peter Greenaway, Life Bites (Disney Channel), Richard the Lionheart (Lionsgate Home), Lo Smemorato di Collegno (RAI-TV). Alice also studied Cinema and New Media at the University of Turin and is currently narrating 6 audiobooks for Audible.



Selamawit Worku is an actor, singer-songwriter, and producer based in Brooklyn. Her training includes being a conservatory graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, musical theater training at CAP21, and a degree in Jazz/Pop music. Recent Acting Credits include: ‘Tami’ in Olivia: Through the Years (Harold Clurman Playwrights Division/Stella Adler Studio of Acting), ‘Egyptian Queen’ in Northbound at Theater for the New City, ‘Dog #11’ in Spike Lee/Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, ‘Maya’ in Makeup and Breakup webseries, ‘Kathleen Cleaver’ in Black Panther Women at 13th St Rep Company ‘Francine/Lena’ in Clybourne Park at the Stella Adler Studio. Recent productions: ‘Yasmin’ in Yellow Card Red Card at the New Ohio Theatre for the 2017 Ice Factory Festival. Please follow her journey here:



Marianne Goodell is a Brooklyn based actress. She has studied at The Barrow Group under Seth Barrish and Lee Brock, and Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab under Andrea Dantas. She is a member of Paul Michael’s Network Theatre Company and Amios Shotz, both dedicated to writing and producing new plays. In the last Network Theatre festival her play was voted Best Play and she was nominated for Best Actress. Marianne is also in the web series “Disposable Teens” (nominated for a Streamy Award in 2016) and several independent films, most notably playing Katherine Ross’ daughter in the film Attachments.