Sylvia Milo Biography

SYLVIA MILO is an award-winning actress, playwright and producer, based in NYC. 2018 Baryshnikov Arts Center Bogliasco Foundation joint Fellow.

Her play, The Other Mozart, had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts Center in NYC (DRAMA DESK and OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE nominations. 8 New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominations, winning Outstanding Solo Performance – Sylvia Milo and Outstanding Original Music), and in London at St. James Theatre. It is currently touring in the US, Canada and in Europe.

She played Bob Dylan in the OBIE Award-winning The West Village Fragments — by Peculiar Works; Ophelia in The Ophelia Landscape — with Mira Furlan at the Mark Morris Center; Hamlet in Hamlet — an all-female version of the play, which she adapted and directed herself; she has performed at La Mama, Cherry Lane, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, Dixon Place and The Ohio Theatre. As a member of the Bats at the Flea Theater she starred in Seating Arrangements — co-written by Sylvia, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad. 

Sylvia is a graduate of New York University, with extensive training at the Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (assistant to Robert Castle), in Michael Chekhov and Lucid Body techniques, at the Actors Movement Studio (with Janice Orlandi), and at The Grotowski Institute in Poland.

Sylvia is also a violinist (playing acoustic and electric violins). She studied classical music in Poland, jazz at Milton Academy and at NYU with Mike Richmond, and studied composition with Klaus Sinfelt. Playing in various rock, jazz, avant garde bands, she has performed at NYC venues including Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Galapagos, Webster Hall, CBGB's and Joe's Pub. She composed scores for Natasa Trifan dance company at the Merce Cunningham Studio and LaMama, and her solo electric violin score for the play, "Cinnamon Moths", was acclaimed in Backstage as "stunning, to say the least".

Current project: The Other Mozart - a play written and performed by Sylvia, directed by Isaac Byrne, music by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen - members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (in residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center).

           "Strikingly beautiful… Ms Milo’s Nannerl is charming and funny." - New York Times