Morgiana Celeste Varricchio has been active in the Middle Eastern dance world for more than 25 years -- as performer, instructor, storyteller, producer, and director. She is also a classically trained actress and has performed in theatrical productions from musical theater to Shakespeare. Whether in dance or theater, Morgiana has performed internationally, in New York and at regional and stock theaters throughout the US, including Lincoln Center, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the Dallas Theater Center. Currently, she is Producing Artistic Director and Founder of the award-winning Mosaic Dance Theater Company (, a professional company celebrating the dance and folkloric traditions of the Mediterranean region, with a particular focus on Middle Eastern dance. Morgiana holds an MFA from Trinity University, a BA from Lehigh University, and has also studied different styles of dance and movement.