Marianne is Head of Movement for UVa's Department of Drama, where she serves as a core trainer for the MFA Acting program and a resident director and devisor. Her pedagogy is founded in her practical research of Meyerhold’s Biomechanics , which she studied with Gennadi Bogdanov in Russia and the US. Her research is published in the book Movement for Actors, and she offers master classes in Biomechanics and its application to performance. She includes somatic principles from Alexander, Feldenkrais and modern dance in her teaching, and she offers skills training to actors in mask, Laban, period movement, ballroom dance and stage combat. She is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and can offer stage combat training with the option to take a national skills test. With a dedicated focus on devised physical theatre, Marianne is the recipient of a commission from the Fox Theater for The Waltz Project and several Awards of Merit from the Indie Digital Fest for her short narrative film No Shoes for Dancing and the educational video Opening the Door: An Educational Film for Care Providers about Supporting Families Dealing with Intimate Partner Violence. She was invited to develop her puppetry project The Forgetting River as an Emerging Artist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater’s National Puppetry Conference, where she also served as a Guest Artist on devising their 20th Anniversary Season production. Marianne has shared her training and devised work internationally in Scotland, Italy, Slovenia and the Czech Republic and has worked professionally at the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Heritage Theatre Festival (VA), Construction Company (NYC) and the Huntington Theatre (MA). She has held residencies and teaching positions at the University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, Boston University and Emerson College. Marianne holds an MFA from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and an MA from Tufts University. She served as ATME’s Treasurer from 2008-12.
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