Purgatory in Ingolstadt by Marieluise Fleisser, directed by Marina McClure, 2012

Purgatory in Ingolstadt by Marieluise Fleisser, directed by Marina McClure, 2012

MARINA McCLURE directs theater, opera, and spectacles. She explores emotion and narrative through striking visual design and physical vocabularies. She believes performance is a powerful agent for social change, and her art confronts injustice and advocates for universal compassion.

Her work has been presented at REDCAT, American Conservatory Theater, MOCA Los Angeles (CA); HERE, The Flea, chashama, JACK, United Solo, Dixon Place, FringeNYC, Columbia University (NY); The O’Neill Theater Center, The Mount, The Hood Museum, Vox Theater, Peterborough Players, Northern Stage (New England); The Kennedy Center, Hotel Helix, CapFringe (DC); Handspring Puppet Company, Hilton Arts Festival (South Africa); and The Theatre Centre (Canada). In 2012 she directed a giant puppet parade and large-scale community performance for the Handspring Trust in celebration of South Africa's National Day of Reconciliation.

Through her multidisciplinary art lab, The New Wild, Marina is developing an interactive performance installation of Hamlet with digital artist Keith Skretch that explores leadership and groupthink. Other upcoming projects include Tear a Root from the Earth, a new folk opera about an Afghan family, in collaboration with Qais Essar and  GramophonicSara Farrington's play cycle about class in America, Leisure, Labor, LustAleshea Harris's Kilroy List-nominated Road Kill Giant; Carlos Sirah's performance spectacle The Utterances (Brown MFA/The Flea), and an adaptation of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics for The Flea. 

Marina teaches directing at The National Theater Institute at the O’Neill, has been an artist-in-residence at Dartmouth, Connecticut College, Brown, NYU-Tisch, and has led movement and storytelling workshops in South Africa and throughout the US. She is a resident director at The Flea, member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and  script reader for the Public Theater's Emerging Writer's Group. She is a core member of eco-theater collective Superhero Clubhouse and is the creative director of their Planet Plays series. She was a 2012 Fulbright Finalist and her awards include a General-Campbell Fellowship, the Gurdin Directing Award, and chashama, HERE, Vox, and FAR Space residencies, and grants from NET/TEN and the Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. Her direction of Sandy Simona’s Lost in Lvov won “Best Satire” at the 2014 United Solo Festival.

She has assisted Anne Bogart/SITI Company (Getty Villa, BAM Next Wave), William Kentridge & Janni Younge/Handspring Puppet Company (US Tours), and Lisa Kron & Jeanine Tesori—Fun Home (Sundance Institute Theater Lab) and Nataki Garrett—An Octoroon (Woolly Mammoth). 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. 

MFA: California Institute of the Arts, BA: Dartmouth College.