Gina Cerimele-Mechley, Fight Director for Romeo & Juliet

Meet the woman behind the action-packed fight scenes in Romeo & Juliet

Gina Cerimele-MechleyIf you are a theater or ballet-goer in the Cincinnati region, chances are you’ve witnessed the artistry of Gina Cerimele-Mechley. The actor/director/teacher/choreographer/movement coach extraordinaire has created fight choreography for several Cincinnati Ballet productions including Peter Pan, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Arthur’s Camelot, and our upcoming performances of Romeo & Juliet.

In addition to the epic, action-packed sword fighting featured in Romeo & Juliet, audiences will also have the pleasure of enjoying the unmatchable energy and stage presence in her character work, as Juliet’s Nurse in Victoria Morgan’s production.

And her expertise doesn’t stop at ballet. Her work as a performer, and fight and dance choreographer, has been seen across the country in theaters such as The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Cincinnati Opera, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, the Human Race Theatre in Dayton, and the Tony Award-winning regional theatre, The Denver Center Theatre Company. She has even worked for Nintendo, as a motion-capture artist!


Gina Cerimele-Mechley as Juliet’s Nurse in Romeo & Juliet

Cerimele-Mechley is recognized nationally for her artistic achievements. She is one of the few female Certified Teachers with The Society of American Fight Directors in the country, and was recently honored with the Presidential Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Arts. In 2015 she was the first arts teacher in Cincinnati to receive the Arts Educator Award from the Cincinnati Arts Association.

She has held teaching positions in the theatre departments for four area universities and at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she also served as the resident dance choreographer. When she’s not in the studio staging she also runs the nationally recognized High School Acting Studio at Cincinnati Actor’s Studio & Academy, a unique non-profit that she founded to help develop the human being via the performing arts.

Romeo & Juliet leads Cincinnati Ballet’s return to Cincinnati Music Hall this season, October 26-29. Tickets are on sale now.



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