cast & Creative
MARY DIMINO (writer/performer)
Overall Excellence Award for Outstanding Solo Show Winner in The New York International Fringe Festival for her critically-acclaimed sold out hit Scared Skinny, Mary Dimino is described as "riotously funny" by The Wall Street Journal, "utterly captivating" by nytheatre.com and "a born ranconteur with exuberance and heart" by Curtain Up.
Her book Scared Skinny No More debuted #10 on the Sunbury Press bestseller list.
Mary is a familiar face on television. Currently she can be seen as the spokesperson for Life Reimagined, starring in both the national network and print ad campaigns.
Various other TV appearances include HBO's Chris Rock Show, Comedy Central, VH-1, FOX's Laughs, American Movie Classics, New York Undercover, The Graham Norton Effect and in sketches on Late Show with David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. A regular on the national comedy club circuit, her engagements include Broadway Comedy Club, Feinstein's Regency, Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, The Improv and The World Famous Laugh Factory. She is a regular member of the all female comedy troupe The Italian Chicks and has opened for Janeane Garofalo and Kevin Meaney on Comedy Central.
MAC Award Winner for Outstanding Female Comedian, author and actress Mary Dimino also won the Gracie Allen Award for the PBS documentary, Fat: What No One is Telling You and was featured on NBC’s Today Show. The Gracie Allen Award, presented by American Women in Radio and Television, honors exemplary contributions of individuals who have encouraged the realistic and faceted portrayals of women in entertainment, commercials and featured programming.
On stage Mary has played Connie the Maid of Honor in the off-Broadway hit Tony and Tina’s Wedding, Vadalia in My Big Gay Italian Funeral at St. Luke's Theatre and Carmella at the Helen Hayes Theatre in the comedy musical Surprise.
BIG DUMMY made its world debut to a sold out run at the Player's Theatre in August 2013 in The New York International Fringe Festival. In 2014, BIG DUMMY enjoyed a sold out run on Theatre Row where it won the United Solo Award for First Sold Out Show. In 2015, it earned an Encore Series in United Solo on Theatre Row. Big Dummy and Scared Skinny are currently touring theaters and colleges nationwide.
Mary Dimino is a comedy contributor for The Huffington Post.
Visit her official sites: www.scared-skinny.com and www.marydimino.com and Mary's IMDb page www.imdb/marydimino.com
Christine Renee Miller (director)
Director of both BIG DUMMY and SCARED SKINNY, Christine Miller has directed premiere award-winning works by Mary Dimino (Scared Skinny, FringeNYC Outstanding Solo Show Award), Michelle Glick (Asian Belle, MIdtown International Theater Festival Audience Award, Producer Award), among others.
Christine is the director of Is this gonna be on the test, Miss?, Further Adventures of Swamp Girl (MITF, L.A. Women’s Theatre Festival), Waste Management (Stage Left Studio). In New York and regionally she has directed Maybe Later (Tongue in Cheek Theatre), Make-out Queen (Emerging Artists Theatre), Drug Buddy (Assistant Director, Cherry Lane), Fiddler on the Roof! (Hamilton, NY), National Abolition Hall of Fame and In Your Company (Colgate University). Christine’s acting credits include, but are not limited to, The Cycle (finalist for HBO short films), Sister, Sister, Party of Five, General Hospital.
She is a writer, producer, and performer (solo-show Baby Cow, FringeNYC 2008)
KIA ROGERS (lighting designer)
Kia Rogers, lighting designer for both SCARED SKINNY and BIG DUMMY, has a professional theatre career that spans over two decades. She makes her home in New York City now and collaborates with several different theatre companies.
Her Off Broadway design includes Made in Heaven at The SoHo Playhouse, Passage Through Light and Shadow at Theatre at St. Clement’s. Her favorite Off-Indie credits are Dog Act, Venus Observed, Universal Robots, Jacob’s House and All The Rage.
Kia is the resident lighting designer at Manhattan Theatre Source and lighting director for Estrogenius since 2007. She also designs lights for events and concerts at The Asia Society, working with international artists Yeondoo Jung, KODO Drummers and Indian Dance. Regionally Kia works as a returning guest artist at The University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Shantel A. McDuffie (technical director)
Shantel McDuffie, technical director for both SCARED SKINNY and BIG DUMMY, is a performing arts consultant, technical director, lighting designer and professional choreographer. Shantel has a degree in Theater and Chemistry from College of Staten Island. She teaches dance at Foxy's in New York City and has earned two U.S. National Pole Championships.
Shantel is the resident stage manager at 13th Street Repertory Theater for The Accidental Pervert since 2009. She also designs lights for events, dancing competitions and concerts.
SPECIAL THANKS Matt Hoverman, Elena Holy, The Present Company, FringeNYC, Sandra Nordgren, June Ospa, Michelle Haro Photography, Joey Cotroneo, the volunteer staff FringeNYC, All For One and United Solo