Lora Cunningham was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in its South Valley. She is an experienced actor, effective director and exceptional producer.

Ever exploring and expanding her own creative ambitions, Lora established Cunningham Production in 2011. Her goal is to provide effective communication pieces for her clients. Out of the gate, her work is recognized as the best in her field garnering national attention and industry accolades.

Recent acting highlights include performances in: THE BOOK OF ELI, SICARIO, THE MAZE RUNNER: SCORCH TRIALS, FROM DUSK ‘TILL DAWN and recurring roles on GRAVES, T@GGED, MIDNIGHT, TX; THE MESSENGERS and THE UNSETTLING. 

Full List of Lora’s Film and Television Credits

 Well-respected by fellow alumni from Hollywood’s prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cunningham currently teaches highly sought-after courses on Film Acting and Audition Technique at her own Albuquerque Actors’ Studio


Honors and Awards

  • 2019 American Advertising Award for ARCA “Employment”
  • 2019 American Advertising Judges’ Choice Award ARCA “Employment”
  • 2019 American Advertising Award for GLOBAL WARMING EXPRESS “Time for a Change”
  • 2018 AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARD for ARCA for Menaul School “Belong,” “Bridge,” and “World Smart”
  • 2014 ALBUQUERQUE 30 Award for ARCA Holiday
  • 2013 BARRY E. WALLACE AWARD for Outstanding Service to New Mexico Film
  • 2012 AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARD for That’s My Job Campaign
  • 2010 LUMINARIA Award for Those Who Light the Path in the New Mexico Film Industry


  • Directors Guild of America 2017 – Current
  • American Advertising Federation of New Mexico Board of Directors 2013-2014
  • SAG/AFTRA Member 1999 – Current
  • New Mexico Women in Film Board of Directors 2010 – 2012

Lora is a rare combination of talent, expertise, vision, humor, compassion and an extraordinary work ethic.  She not only captures the essence of life at ARCA on film, but weaves in the magical moments that are the joy of ARCA.  

Michele Cody

Executive Director and Chief Development Officer, ARCA Foundation

Lora has over twenty years of experience working closely with film and television’s most well-respected and reputable individuals and companies.