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MORA Theater is the amalgamation of the names Laura Hooper and Mark O’Neil, and an ingenious nom de plume for a deadly writing / performing / crime-fighting duo.

Mark and Laura have been devising theatre together for over 10 years, originally in London, where they met as part of innovative UK based collective Teatro Vivo. In 2011, they both re-located to New York, and continue to create new work together as MORA. As of 2016, MORA have produced over 23 plays, and are yet to solve a single crime.


Hooper hugs tight to her character’s emotional contours
— New York Daily News

LAURA HOOPER trained at East 15 Acting School in London, UK and HB Studio in New York. Playing Sylvie Cranshaw has become one of those experiences every actor relishes; where the line between character and performer become so blurred that not even Laura knows where Sylvie starts and Laura ends… 

Laura is not only an actress but a writer, director and producer who has worked internationally in theatre, film, TV and radio. Other theatrical acting highlights include; Gilda in “Design For Living” directed by Tony winning director Jack Hofsiss, Aphrodite in “Cupid & Psyche” at The Barrow Group, The Queen in “The Persians” a tour of Amphitheaters in Cyprus, Olivia in “Twelfth Night” in London parks, originating roles in “Supermarket Shakespeare” in supermarkets across London, Natasha in “Three Sisters” at The Theatre Museum, Covent Garden and devising and performing in a show for Miramax. 

Laura wrote, produced & starred in her debut film “Cat On The Matt” which has been screened at festivals in NYC. Laura’s radio play “Yakim, The Spiritual Advisor” is available for your ears on Getse podcasts. She also directed and performed in Geste’s improvised radio play series “A Knock On The Door”. Laura has directed two plays for MORA Theater, the one woman play “Farewell, King Carter, Farewell” at The Wilde Project NYC, and is currently working on “Spitalfields” for Cutting Hedge Productions.

For more information please visit - www.laurahooper.info



MARK O'NEIL is co-founder and in-house word-person at MORA. He studied short story writing at Goldsmiths in London, and playwriting at HB Studio in New York. Mark's writing has been published in several periodicals, such as 20x20Magazine, Spread The Word, and Too Late To Be Good.

Mark's theater pieces, short stories, screenplays and comedic monologues have been showcased in various venues in the US and UK. CRUMBLE was selected for performance at the inaugural International Samuel Beckett Festival, in Northern Ireland in 2012.

INVISIBLE GLUE was a winner at the Short Play NYC Festival in 2014, READY YET TO TAKE FOR THE HEART TO STAND, was selected for performance at the BritBits Festival in NYC in April 2015.




Natasha Magigi - Assistant                                                    Jillian Eugenious - Photographer

Brooke Tibbs - Assistant/Assistant Producer                         Catherine Hunsburger -Photographer

Catherine Hooper - Assistant                                               Frank Delessio - Filmmaker

Alexis Fishman - Assistant                                                    Jesse Reid - Filmmaker

Rebecca Peyton - Assistant                                                   Aaron Thomas - Filmmaker

Tara Gadomski - Press Cosultant                                         Brad Gans - Filmmaker

                                                    Sophie Austin - Original Director                                                



MORA projects so far:

Clemmie Evans in Ready Yet To Take

Clemmie Evans in Ready Yet To Take

Ready Yet To Take, For The Heart To Stand
Performers: Clemmie Evans & Sophie Sorensen.
Director: Laura Hooper Writer: Mark O'Neil

Performed at BritBits, VGrafLive Studio, Manhattan NY, April, 2015

Invisible Glue
Performers: Zoe Anastassiou & Sophie Sorensen.
Director: Laura Hooper Writer: Mark O'Neil

Winner of Short Play NYC Festival, at Players Theatre, Manhattan, NY, October, 2014

A Kind Word
Performed at HB Studio, Manhattan, NY, June, 2013

'Violet' in Invisible Glue

'Violet' in Invisible Glue

Performed at Short Play NYC Festival, at Players Theatre, Manhattan, NY, June, 2013

A Judicious Mixture of Flattery And Threats
Performed at HB Studio, Manhattan, NY, January, 2013

Barbarism Begins At Home
Performed at performed at HB Studio, Manhattan, NY, December, 2012

Performed in various kitchens throughout the UK and USA between 2005 to present