Manuela Thiess Garcia has worked in theatre and film as well as a teacher in various schools and settings, but her main interest is photography.

Film Acting:

  1. "Changes," A Hall Bartlett production, “…and introducing” (Bobby)

  2. "Buckskin," and A.C. Lyles production (Martha)

  3. "Nightmare Circus," Alan Rudolf direction (female lead)

T.V. Acting:

  1. "The Other Cheek," a Death Valley Days segment (female lead)

Stage Acting:

  1. "Cock-a-Doodle Dandy," a Sean O'Casey play, the part of Julie, LAAT

  2. "The Museum," LAAT (Museum goer)

  3. "Servant of Two Masters," a Goldonio play, Marcia Hovik direction, Carmel Theater, California (female lead)

Writing Credits:

  1. "Beet Juice," a one-act play performed at the Los Angles Actor's Theater (LAAT)

  2. "Chicken Delight," a one act play written, produced and directed by Ms. Thiess at the Deja Vu Coffehouse Theatre in Hollywood.

  3. "Instant Coffee," a one act play of a trilogy of one acts (see above) performed at the LAAT

Directorial Credits:

  1. "Chicken Delight," by Manuela Thiess, Deja Vu Coffe House Theatre, Hollywood.

Assistant  to the Director and translator:

"Death Valley," by Michael Mrakitsch: producer, director, and writer

Photo Exhibits:

  1. Monterey Peninsula College, California, Teacher's Lounge, one woman show, 2006

  2. First place in Monterey County Fair Photo Exhibit, 2004

  3. El Lechon Illustrado, Guanajuato, one woman show, 2008

  4. Delica Mitzu, Guanajuato, one woman show, 2010

  5. Casa Museo Gene Byron, Guanajuato, one woman show, 2013

  6. Casa Museo Gene Byron, Guanajuato, one woman show, 2017

  7. El Foro Cultural, Guanajuato, one of four artists (see "Current Exhibits," above)

  8. Casa Cuatro, Guanajuato, one woman show, 2019


  1. German

  2. Spanish

  3. English


  1. Human Services Credential, LA City College

  2. B.A. Liberal Studies, San Jose Sate University

  3. M.A. TESOL, Monterey Institute of International Studies

  4. General Education High School Credential, Chapman College

  5. Learning Handicap Specialist Credential, San Jose State University

Other Formative Experiences:

Manuela is the daughter of the actress Ursula Thiess and the stepdaughter of the actor Robert Taylor.    She also was a part-time prison activist  and taught in the California Department of Corrections for 15 years.  In addition, she has taught at a juvenile hall as well as multi-leveled courses in part time assignments in Art, English, and Literature. She has also worked as a suicide prevention counselor.

Since she moved to Mexico in 2008 with her husband - Gustavo Garcia, an optometrist, artist, and motorcycle enthusiast - she has devoted most of her time to photography.  In addition, she enjoys reading, drawing, painting on furniture, and writing poetry, as well as working with some of the neighborhood children where she lives.

She and her husband share their home with four dogs, two cats, four turtles, and some aquarium fish.