Associate Professor, Movement
Marianne heads the movement component of the M.F.A. and B.A. programs while serving as resident movement artist and director for the university production program. A core trainer for the MFA Acting Program, she teaches courses on movement fundamentals, neutral mask, Laban, stage combat, period movement, ballet for actors, and devised theater. Her pedagogy is founded in her practical research of biomechanics, which she studied at GITIS in Moscow, and her book chapter on this technique can be found in Movement for Actors.
With a dedicated focus on devised physical theater, Marianne also services scripted productions as a director, fight director, choreographer, and movement coach. A resident coach for the National Puppetry Conference at the Tony Award-winning Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Marianne served as a Guest Artist for their 20th Anniversary Season. She received a commission from Kansas’ Fox Theater for her dance-theater production, The Waltz Project, and an award from the Indie Digital Fest for her independent short film, No Shoes for Dancing. Marianne has shared her training and devised work internationally in Scotland, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and has held residencies and teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, Boston University, and Emerson College. Marianne is an Advanced Actor/Combatant recommended by the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and currently serves on the Executive Board as Treasurer of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators (ATME). Marianne holds an M.F.A. in Theater Education, Movement emphasis, Boston University College of Arts and an M.A. in Drama, Tufts University.