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Acting Bio

A member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists, Manoela Wunder has had a passion for acting since childhood, when, in her hometown of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she played the lead role of Annie in the homonymous musical, as well as Brenda in “At the Hop.” She continued to perform in plays in Middle and High School, also taking classes at the School of Arts in Laranjeiras.

While in Chicago, after finishing her master’s degree in violin performance, Manoela found the time was right to pursue acting more seriously. She enrolled in classes at ActOne Studios, studying fundamentals of acting, Meisner technique, and commercial techniques. Ms. Wunder also studied at Second City (On-Camera Workshop with Matt Miller), iO (Long-form spring intensive), and Acting Studio (monologue and cold reading). Manoela plans to further her training with more workshops and classes in voiceover, film, and improvisation.

Since starting classes, she was cast back to back in plays. Her Chicago debut was in “HomeGoing” by Paul Barile, presented by N.U.F.A.N. ensemble at the Viaduct Theater. “Vonnegut’s Shorts” by Times Three Theater followed, with an extremely successful run at the Gorilla Tango Theatre. Manoela also played Lauri in “Pitching to the Star”, at ActOne Studios, and produced “Philosophy”, a play she co-wrote with playwright Ken McCracken, starring in the lead role of Dawn.

Manoela’s commercial and TV work has been eclectic and varied. Since recording a spot at Flashpoint Academy for a competition held by Donate Life Illinois, she has been in a commercial for Robert Morris University, spots for Smart TV Studios, an interview for Lyfe Kitchen, an infomercial for Living Life Productions (First Crush), and a pilot for “The Aztecs”, by Polymath Features.

In the music department, she was featured as a musician in the hit ABC show “Suburgatory”, the short film “The Monstrosity”, feature film “Qwerty” and AFI thesis film “Spaghetti Storm”, apart from participating in numerous music videos.

Manoela is active in the indie film movement and has had multiple lead roles in projects for Polymath Features. She shot “Date Woes” in 2010, and is revising scripts for upcoming projects. Ms. Wunder has participated in projects at USC and independent documentaries as well.
Manoela is represented by M.O. Artist Agency and Instrumental Casting.

For more information and a complete list of skills, please refer to Manoela’s resume under the “Downloads” section of this website.