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de Vries, Marion


Marion is a freelance director, playwright, indie producer and sometimes actor. Her musical comedy 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. Marion co-wrote the DORA-nominated Jumping Mouse with Columpa C. Bobb, and the historical musical Ship of Fire with Suzanne Pasternak and Tom Leighton. Her verbatim piece The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich was presented in Aluna Theatre's Panamerican Routes 2012 and published in Canadian Theatre Review 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, and Dawn Dumont's The Red Moon (Centre for Indigenous Theatre); the musicals Ship of Fire, Leslie Arden's Picton Papers, 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. Marion is a former Artistic Director of Blyth Festival, Cahoots Theatre, and Native Earth Performing Arts (interim). 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.

Professional Role(s): 
Lyricist Composer