Soon after summer stock, and graduating from Ithaca College with a BFA in acting-directing, Flori returned home to Tarrytown. She found a long term temp job yet found herself bereft of theatre opportunities. Her mother read in the paper about an audition for a production of Then There Were None at a local dinner theater, The Brother’s Inn. This was Flori’s introduction to Community Theatre in 1975.
Committed to providing quality theatre, groups formed throughout the country provide opportunities for adults, teens and children to get involved in a variety of theatrical endeavors. From classical to contemporary plays, musicals and original one acts, the community theatre community is rich with the chance to work on a show.
Flori serves on the board of Homecoming Players in Ithaca, NY, a community theatre providing quality work that explores the intersection of social justice with theatre. A production of “8,” demonstrated the power of theatre to give voice to issues of social justice, such as the trial concerning Proposition 8 in California.
After Flori retired from Ardsley High School, where she advocated for students to serve the social commentary of the play through the voice of their characters, she appeared in a local benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. She has directed one act plays at Ridgefield Theatre Barn, where she portrayed Violet Weston in August: Osage County. She has also directed one acts with the Hand to Mouth Players and at Manhattan Reparatory Theatre.
Flori is proud to be part of the Forall Theatre in Peekskill and recently participated in a Benefit production. Performing in staged readings at Wit’s End and with The Armonk Players; ushering with Hudson Stage (affiliated with AEA/SSDC), Flori celebrates and looks to opportunities to stay involved in theatre through the community and encourages her students to do the same.