Miller is soon to publish a memoir. “I’m excited to read it and hear his perspective about how his journey from Tulane led up to NYU,” said Mercein.
Along with recent roles in TV shows such the locally shot “NCIS: New Orleans” and “Your Honor,” and the Southern Rep Theatre production of “August: Osage County,” Mercein has performed in solo pieces that she’s written. “That’s always been something I like to impart to my students too: it’s important to be a self-generative artist.”
Mercein was part of a group that devised the theater piece “Roleplay,” which was created in response to the climate survey on sexual violence and harassment at Tulane. A student-generated piece, it was performed in 2019. A documentary about the process was filmed. Mercein is the producer of the film, which is now in post-production.
The students theatrically embodied their authentic experience, said Mercein, sometimes with humor. The play looks at factors that contribute to a toxic environment leading to things like racism, homophobia and sexual violence. The play empowers students to use their own voice to create change.
“It is generating a tremendous amount of buzz,” said Mercein.