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R. Ernie Silva

R. Ernie Silva is an award-winning actor and solo-performer currently based out of Los Angeles. He earned his BA in Theatre Performance from SIUE and his MFA in Acting from the University of Southern California. Mr. Silva’s work in television includes network acting jobs on ABC's Detroit 187, CBS's The Defenders and a Guest Star appearance on The Shield. His film credits include leading roles in Lifechild Chronicles, Insomnia Manica, A Virtuous Woman and Smokers. He is an experienced stand-up comedian and Salsa/Merengue dancer. His most notable accomplishment, and the primary reason for his SIUE residency is his original work as a solo performer. In 2010 Mr. Silva created and performed a solo show titled Heavy Like the Weight of a Flame. The performance garnered him numerous awards, including an LA Weekly nomination for Best Solo Performance and the 2010 Kappa Phi Kappa Academic honor. The performance was subsequently produced in NYC where he was awarded the HOLO NYC Award for Best Solo Performer and also won The ONE Festival. In 2011 the performance was an official selection of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Mr. Silva continues to perform the play as he develops other new projects.

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