Marion de Vries

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Marion de Vries is a freelance director, playwright, indie producer, and sometimes actor.

Marion's musical Kitchen Radio (co-composed with David Archibald), commissioned and premiered at Blyth Festival in 2014, was a critical and box office success. Her trio of one-woman plays are big face premiered by Wild Pig Theatre in association with Nightwood Theatre and Factory Theatre (Finalist - Chalmers Canadian Play Award), idiot commissioned and premiered by Youtheatre (SummerWorks ContraGuys Playwright Award), and mercedes premiered by left hand theatre. Marion co-wrote Jumping Mouse with Columpa C. Bobb, commissioned and premiered by Young Peoples Theatre (DORA Nomination - Outstanding TYA Production). Most recently, she devised the verbatim piece The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich for Aluna Theatre, published in Canadian Theatre Review: Performance and Human Rights in the Americas vol 161 Winter 2015.

Selected directing credits include: Joan MacLeod's Another Home Invasion (Sudbury Theatre Centre); Gil Garratt's St. Anne's Reel (Blyth Festival); Drew Hayden Taylor's Girl Who Loved Her Horses, Jumping Mouse, which she co-wrote with Columpa C. Bobb, and The Red Moon by Dawn Dumont (Centre for Indigenous Theatre); the musicals Ship of Fire, which she co-wrote with Suzanne Pasternak and Tom Leighton, Picton Papers by Leslie Arden and Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave by Maynard Collins (Festival Players of Prince Edward County); Yes Yoko Solo (Loud Mouth Asian Babes / Factory Theatre / Art Gallery of Ontario) and The Yoko Ono Project by Jean Yoon (Theatre Passe Muraille/LMAB); Little Dragon by Keira Loughran (k’Now Theatre/Theatre Passe Muraille); her own play idiot (left hand productions/ SummerWorks); and Wilbur County Blues by Andrew Moodie (Blyth Festival).

Marion has dramaturged/directed many new Canadian plays-in-workshop with Cahoots Theatre, Nightwood Theatre, Factory Theatre, Blyth Festival, Native Earth Performing Arts, and fu-GEN, and she has directed a number of Fringe and SummerWorks productions.

She has been Playwright in Residence with Nightwood Theatre and Blyth Festival through the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council, and a member of Tarragon Theatre’s Playwright Unit, Canadian Stage’s Play Creation Group, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. She was awarded a Harold in 1999 and an OAC Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2005.

She was the Artistic Director of Blyth Festival for the 2014 season, Interim Managing Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts (2002 - 2003), Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre (1995 - 1997), and has her own indie company left hand theatre (2003 - present).

Marion holds a BES Honours Geography from University of Waterloo, and a BFA Honours Theatre from York University (http://www.playwrightsguild.ca/playwright/marion-de-vries).