Marina McClure creates emotionally charged theater, opera, and spectacles by fusing striking visual design and physical work with performers. She collaborates with multicultural performers to bring diverse stories (including from Iraq, Cambodia, Ukraine, South Africa, China, and Afghanistan) to American and international audiences. She helms the multidisciplinary art lab The New Wild and is a resident director at The Flea Theater. Her work has been presented by REDCAT, American Conservatory Theater’s Costume Shop, HERE, The Flea, chashama, JACK, United Solo, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, Vox Theater, Peterborough Players, Northern Stage, The Kennedy Center, Hotel Helix, CapFringe, the Hilton Arts Festival, The Theatre Centre, Superhero Clubhouse and Handspring Puppet Company.
Recent credits include: Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill Fill (The Flea), Tear a Root from the Earth, a new musical for Afghanistan in collaboration with Qais Essar and Gramophonic (New Ohio’s Ice Factory; Kennedy Center); Kalean Ung’s Letters from Home (ISC in Los Angeles; UC San Diego); Leisure, Labor, Lust (Art House; The Mount); Gramophonic’s new folk opera Tear a Root from the Earth (DC).
She collaborated on CasablancaBox (2017 Drama Desk Nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience) and directed Wing It! 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 currently directing an episodic adaptation of Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics as a part of The Flea’s new initiative for young audiences, Cereals, and is developing a performance for Caveat’s Talks Progress Administration series.
She teaches directing at The National Theater Institute and regularly is a guest artist at Dartmouth College and NYU-Tisch. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and a script reader for the Public Theater’s Emerging Writer’s Group.
She has assisted Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home – Sundance), Anne Bogart/SITI Company (BAM Next Wave), Nataki Garrett (An Octoroon – Woolly Mammoth) and Maria Morett (Getty Villa). MFA: CalArts.