- TALLIE MARA MEDEL works in Brooklyn as an actor, comedian, dancer and choreographer. Film credits include JOY KEVIN (Sarasota Film Festival - Winner, Outstanding Performance) THE UNSPEAKABLE ACT (BAMcinemaFest, Edinburgh International Film Festival - International Competition, Indie Night - Film Society of Lincoln Center, Sarasota Film Festival - Winner, Independent Visions Competition), UNCERTAIN TERMS (Los Angeles Film Festival), and the Nerdist Channel's GARY SAVES THE GRAVEYARD. She starred in and co-choreographed the music video for Passion Pit's Cry Like a Ghost. Tallie is from Ketchikan, Alaska, of which she is deeply proud.
ELEANORE PIENTA is a visual artist from Valatie, New York. She studied Photography and Video at Hunter College where she earned her BFA. Her photographs and videos explore characters, flipping into and out of reality. When she was in preschool, she made a fingerpainting with primary colors of what she wanted to be when she grew up: a moviestar. She used dots of blue, red, and yellow to mimic the spotlights shining on her stick figure body. She is still proud of the depiction of lights, and is still finding her way to the brightly lit stage.
She met her comrades Sunita and Tallie at Emerson College, where she studied poetry briefly and performed in COGNAC, a sketch comedy collective. Through Tallie, she met Caity, a dancing inspiration. Soon all four formed a fast and furious bond. Together they became Cocoon Central Dance Team, who she is always proud to share the stage.
SUNITA MANI is a writer/comedian/dancer. It has taken her a long time to say she is a comedian. She is. Back at Emerson College, she was in some comedy troupes: sketch and improv with Swolen Monkey Showcase and Zebro: a Laugh Show a weekly comedy variety showcase at Improv Boston. With her brothers and sisters of comedy, she moved to NYC and started a monthly production at Under St. Marks Theatre with Cognac a live radio comedy show (2010). She is now enrolled in UCB’s Improv program. You can see her improvising and hosting a monthly variety show with her indy team Chester.
Currently, her dedications are with COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM as they work on booking live performances and developing their dreams, coinciding with her own American Dream as a young South Indian woman.
We are COCOON CENTRAL DANCE TEAM,
a choreographed dance-comedy act, and we dance until people start laughing. We have a hyper-earnest talent show quality with character-driven performances, and people love it. We’re physically adept, absurd, and committed. We’re also very attractive, especially Tallie, who was once called “a plump Anna Karina” in the Chicago Sun-Times.
We’re confident in our abilities to represent the lady wave because there’s nothing out there like us. We’re very aware of the expectations of women in comedy and we subvert those expectations with a variety of explosives.
Our diverse range (independent film, visual art, synesthesia) informs our comedy, which culls Minelli theatrics and Streep subtleties into a delightfully entertaining package. We’ve got a beat and you can dance to it.