Featured Artist: Criena House

Featured Artist: Criena House

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Criena House (Elmhurst)

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Criena House (Elmhurst)
Criena House (Elmhurst)

TitleOccupation
Actress/Dancer
website: crienahouse.com

Where were you born?
I was born in San Diego, California; but I spent a big chunk of my life in the Philippines.

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
ELMHURST! I’ve been here for 4 years.

How did you get involved in theatre?
Through dance mainly. Got trained in ballet, gymnastics, my mother was a ballroom dancer. In college, as I was planning to be a journalist, I met an acting teacher from Julliard that exposed me to the world of theater. She gave me the courage to admit to myself that I really wanted to be an actress. So I traveled to NY to achieve it. (Or maybe deep down inside I just need attention, I don’t know… either of the two)

What do you love most about Queens?
It’s vibrant immigrant communities. I guess since I immigrated myself, it’s nice to see cultures from varied parts of the globe making Queens their home.

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
There’s a park near me – Clement Clarke Moore Park, that is SO Queens. In the mornings, you’ll be greeted by falun dafa meditationers, kungfu masters, line dancers, and monks (yes, monks). At noon, you have an assortment of gamblers catching up with their buddies. After 3pm, shirtless teens from different parts of Queens compete in handball and basketball.  Around it are the smells of barbecue stands, taco trucks, and fried dumplings. Yup, that’s Queens.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Ihawan in Woodside for homestyle Filipino food
Museum of Moving Image in Astoria for film buffs and Queens Museum in Flushing for NY history
Looking at Tudor-style homes in Forest Hills Gardens (day dreaming)
For good eats, get off Elmhurst off the M or R train. So many options!

 

Current/Upcoming projects?
I’m in this show you’ll never expect to find off off Broadway called Red Flamboyant. It’s written by Don Nguyen (um I don’t know, one of the founders of Mission to Ditmars), directed by Laura Savia, and produced by Firebone Theatre. It’s one of those rare opportunities where my passions for acting and movement combine in one awesome show. It’s about the struggles of 4 women living with HIV/AIDS in modern day Vietnam compared to the epic battles of 2 female warriors in 40AD. It is quite exciting because I will be FLYING. How? Watch to find out. Showing now tillMay 16. Firebontheatre.com 

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