Marina McClure ’04 creates emotionally charged theater, opera, and spectacles by fusing striking visual design and physical work with performers. Her work has been seen throughout the US, Canada and South Africa—most recently, the site-specific premiere of Sara Farrington’s epic play cycle about class in America: Leisure, Labor, Lust, at The Mount in Lenox, MA; a reading of Aleshea Harris’s Kilroy-nominated play Road Kill Giant at The Theater@Boston Court in Los Angeles; and the premiere of Hannah Rittner’s The Unbelievers at The Theatre Centre in Toronto.
Marina helms the multidisciplinary art lab The New Wild, is a resident director at the Flea Theater, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. Her work has been developed with support from the Network of Ensemble Theaters, the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation, and residences through HERE, Vox Theater, The Field, chashama, and Barn Arts. She received Dartmouth’s Gurdin directing award, as well as General-Campbell and Waterhouse Fellowships, and her direction of Sandy Simona’s Lost in Lvov won “Best Satire” at the 2014 United Solo Festival. She teaches directing at The National Theater Institute at the O’Neill and frequently directs at Dartmouth College and NYU-Tisch. In 2012, she directed a giant puppet parade and large-scale community performance for the Tony-winning Handspring Puppet Company in celebration of South Africa’s National Day of Reconciliation. She is the former artistic director of Odyssey Productions and produced The Savannah Theatre Project, a 4-month exchange between US and South African artists. Upcoming: The Utterances (Brown University/The Flea); Johnny Walsh and Qais Essar’s new folk opera about an Afghan family, Tear a Root from the Earth (The Kennedy Center; The New Ohio); Cosmicomics (The Flea). MFA: CalArts. www.marinamcclure.com