Marion de Vries

Marion is a freelance director, playwright, indie producer and sometimes actor. Her new musical Kitchen Radio (co-composed with David Archibald) premiered at Blyth Festival in 2014. Her trio of one-woman plays are big face (Finalist - Chalmers Canadian Play Award), idiot (SummerWorks ContraGuys Playwright Award), and mercedes.  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 HorsesJumping 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 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.  Marion holds a BES Honours Geography from University of Waterloo, and a BFA Honours Theatre from York University.