Marianne is thrilled to be returning to Stage West after directing the Risk Theater Initiative production of Sherry Jo Ward’s critically-acclaimed Stiff in 2017. She just returned to Dallas from directing the Los Angeles premiere of Self-Injurious Behavior, and spent the spring in New York directing the show’s Off-Broadway showcase production. She opened Bright Colors and Bold Patterns for Uptown Players in October, and helmed last season’s smash-hit production of Once for Theater Three. Regionally, she has directed for New York’s Cherry Lane Theater and served as Assistant Director for Deaf West and Pasadena Playhouse. As an actor, she appeared Off-Broadway as Elizabeth in the NYC Premiere of Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon, and as the Woman in Red in J.J. Abrams' miniseries of Stephen King’s '11.22.63' (with James Franco). Regional acting credits include Harper in Angels in America, Olympe de Gouges in The Revolutionists, Julie/Fredrick in Lovers and Executioners, and Izzy in Rabbit Hole. As a deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Artist, her lifelong dream became a reality when she got to live her truth playing Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God (a show she calls “her heartsong”.) Awards/Nominations include multiple DFW Theater Critics Forum, Column, Dallas Theatre League, and Dallas Observer Reader’s Choice Awards. Affiliations: Risk Theater Initiative (Founding Artistic Director), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors Equity Association, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab West.
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