Marlee is a New York City based director, theatre artist, devisor and storyteller whose work focuses on inclusivity with a strong visual aesthetic. She is drawn to work that thematically examines otherness (whether it be race, culture, gender, or ability) and celebrates difference. As the daughter of a deaf adult, Marlee passionately strives to create innovative and accessible theatre for all.
Selected directing credits include: Silent Sky (Adelphi University, Fall 2017), O’Neill and Williams' Shorts (Adelphi University Spring 2015), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (New York Deaf Theater), Alessandra Drapos’ Tea with Vivien (United Solo Festival 2014 & Estrogenius Solo Voce 2012), The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy (New York Deaf Theater), The Last Reader of Books (Senses’ Askew Company), Bratton Late Night Cabaret (Chautauqua Theater Company), Young Readers: Wonder (Devised/Original, Chautauqua Theater Company), Young Readers Romeo & Juliet Retelling (Original Staged Reading for Children, Chautauqua Theater Company), Wholly Joan’s (Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Project at Vassar), Vagina Monologues (Mosaic Theater Productions), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Adelphi Directing Showcase) and selections of Tongue of a Bird (SDC Fellowship Finalist for KCACTF).
Marlee is currently a Participating Artist & Active Member of Underground Skills Exchange (USE), founded by Laura Betz and Kelly Kirkley, where she developed a reimagining of the classic 'Cyrano' as the company's inaugural Development Lab Director and Artist.
Dedicated to pursuing inclusion in the arts, Marlee has worked as an Artistic Associate for New York Deaf Theatre (NYDT) alongside Artistic Director, JW Guido. Marlee champions work of deaf artists and supports #DeafTalent. As an Artistic Associate with NYDT, Marlee coordinated producing collaborations with Playwrights Horizons for NYDT's Sam Edwards New Play Development Series, with the mission of providing space for deaf playwrights to create and explore ideas. She has worked as an Associate to Kim Weild, founder and Artistic Director of Our Voices (O.V), after having assisted the American Sign Language production of Harold Pinter’s A Kind of Alaska in 2013 at the inaugural NY Live Arts/Live Ideas Festival: Celebrating the Worlds of Oliver Sacks.
Marlee worked as Directing Fellow at Westport Country Playhouse (WCP) where she assisted Artistic Director Mark Lamos and Associate Artistic Director David Kennedy, as well as guest Directors over the 2015 WCP season. She has worked as both an Artistic Associate for Chautauqua Theater Company (CTC) alongside former CTC Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and was the Directing Fellow in 2013. Over the course of her two CTC seasons, Marlee directed a main stage Cabaret, taught theater studies courses, devised three original theater works for CTC’s Young Readers/Children’s series, oversaw and ran a handful of special programming events, led Pre-Show discussions and served as a Dramaturge. Marlee is an Affiliated Member Artist of Gia Forakis & Company (GF&CO), having been the former Associate Artistic Director for the company, she also worked as an Assistant Director, Stage Manager, Producing Director and designed the poster art for the ‘Greek Noir’ Season 2012.
Other directors she has assisted include: Andrew Borba, Mike Donahue, Kat Katona, Penny Metropulos, Lisa Rothe, Greg Taubman, John Tillinger and Tomi Tsunoda. Marlee has proudly interned with the Lark Play Development Center, trained as a Directing Apprentice at Powerhouse: New York Stage and Film, and received her B.F.A in Acting from Adelphi University.
Photo: Jon Taylor Photography