Cynthia Uhrich has a broad-reaching scope of experience and knowledge in the film and acting business, ranging from Acting to Teaching to Writing, Producing, and Directing.
From 2003 to 2017, she was the owner and acting instructor of IN THE MOMENT STUDIO, in St. Paul. Prior to that, she resided in Los Angeles for eight years, where she augmented her Bachelor’s Degree in theater (UW-Stevens Point) with professional training, and obtained work as an actress. Highlights of her time in California include playing a Starfleet Officer for one year on the Star Trek television series “Enterprise” and a recurring role on the daytime Drama “Passions.” Over the course of her career she has performed in commercials, industrials and voice-overs.
Local feature film projects include “NoNames,” (a feature film, starring Gillian Jacobs of “Community” fame) “Huntin’ Bigfoot” (Big Picture Films) and “Prodigal” which screened in movie theaters in Australia. Currently in post-production are the feature films “Two-Faced Beauty” for which she served as Assistant Director/Acting Coach and “Branches” in which she had a role alongside Tim Russell of “Prairie Home Companion” fame. Short film credits include: “Good Company,” “Prescription Happiness” and the Jerome-Funded short film “Golden Hour.” She also did a dark comedic turn as the world’s most obnoxious mother in “Restraint,” a short film that garnered filmmaker Jason P. Schumacher a “RAW Artist of the Year Award.”
She has been a guest teacher at St. Cloud University, Minneapolis Media Institute, and Minneapolis Community Technical College in the Cinema Division, where she teaches directors how to work with actors. She has cast more than 100 short films as the Casting Director for MCTC. She is a working actress and filmmaker; in 2012 she created the non-profit IN THE MOMENT FILMS, with the mission of employing more women in the field, with an eye towards telling original stories on topics of social significance. Her company also produces commercial projects. Clients include BerryWing, LLC, RPM Color Research and ALSKA.
She has written, produced and directed several short films: “M 4 W” a romantic comedy, and “Suite 7734” a supernatural thriller. Her short “Robert in the Bedroom” recently was selected from 1000 entries to screen at the 36th Annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. She is in post-production on “Code Green,” a film based on a true-story of a young woman battling the “monster” that is her eating disorder. Uhrich is also the author of a quirky, heart-felt comedy feature script titled “Hotdish” and is currently submitting that script to competitions. Additionally, she has co-written a Sitcom Pilot titled “Welcome to the Cavelier."
As a playwright, two of Cynthia’s monologues (from a memoir she’s writing) were produced and then published in “Dirty Girls Come Clean: The Anthology” Vol. I (Freshwater Press.) She garnered 3rd Place in the Wisconsin Writers Association’s Jade Ring Competition in Adult Fiction for her story “Gathering Beauty.” Smith and Kraus published the short play she co-wrote with Jennifer Tuder titled “Leaf on the Wind.” She has completed a famed Minneapolis musician’s memoir (BrownMark, from Prince's band The Revolution) published by the University of Minnesota Press, and will hit bookstores in September, 2020.
She is the recent winner of Minnesota's Script Madness Competition.