About FAM’s Founder, Marlo Hunter

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MARLO HUNTER is a director & choreographer based in New York City with a passion for and focus on the development of new musicals and plays. She is the winner of the 2013 Callaway Award for Excellence in Choreography for her work on Carner & Gregor’s Unlock’d, which she directed & choreographed at The Duke on 42nd Street for Prospect Theater Company. Marlo directed & choreographed the critically praised World Premiere of Adam Overett’s My Life Is A Musical at Bay Street Theatre, after steering the project from its first reading. CURRENT & UPCOMING: Co-Creator & Director, The Theatrical Culinary Project – an immersive play in development featuring Top Chef finalist & The Chew Co-Host, Carla Hall; Director, Timothy Huang’s Costs of Living (NAMT, October 2015). Other Recent credits include: Choreographer, LMNOP at TUTS Underground (Joe Calarco, Dir.); Choreographer, Second Stage revival of Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Peter DuBois, Dir.).

As a prolific developer of new plays & musicals from their most nascent stages, Marlo is currently collaborating on new projects by Carner & Gregor (Island Song), Doug Cohen & Zoe Samuels (Helen of Troy), Timothy Huang (Costs of Living), Julianne Wick Davis (Untitled Willard Suitcases Musical), Kevin Hammonds & Kristin Bair (Super Hero), and Andrea Daly & Jeff Bienstock (Legendale).

In 2008 Marlo founded Eating Their Words, putting playwrights and chefs into collaboration for one-night-only immersive experiences in New York’s finest restaurants, resulting in World Premiere plays coupled with the menu they inspired.  Through ETW Marlo commissioned & directed new plays by Neil LaBute, Beau Willimon, Douglas Carter Beane, Sarah Treem, Theresa Rebeck, David Grimm, Annie Baker, Brooke Berman, Amy Herzog, Keith Reddin, Jonathan Marc Sherman, Sam Forman, Rob Ackerman, Steven Levenson, Zakiyyah Alexander and Liz Flahive.

Select add’l Credits: Director & Choreographer, Date of A Lifetime at New Jersey Rep; Director, Carner & Gregor’s Island Song at the Bloomington Playwrights Project; Associate Choreographer on The Public Theater’s Much Ado About Nothing for the Mobile Unit (Chase Brock, Choreographer); Associate Choreographer on Roundabout Theatre’s revival of Picnic (Chase Brock, choreographer); The Music Man (SDC Observer, mentored by Susan Stroman); Director, A Lasting Impression (The 4th Street Theater); Director, Men Are Pigs (Theatre Row, Living Image Arts); Director, Rob by Sam Forman, 508 by Amy Herzog (EST); Choreographer, The Rockae (Prospect, NYMF). Regional: choreography for Travesties (Long Wharf & Williamstown); Choreographer, Diva Diaries (Tampa Bay PAC, Broward Center, Chicago’s Lakeshore Theatre); original choreography for Alfred Uhry’s Without Walls (Williamstown). Film: Choreography Consultant, “Faster” (documentary) directed by Robert Mac.
Marlo holds a B.A. in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University, and a Classical Diploma (study of Latin & Greek) from Phillips Exeter Academy. Marlo is a proud member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.

Refusing to stray from her passion, telling stories on the stage, Marlo held over thirty supplemental-income J-O-Bs since her arrival in New York. She’s worked in eleven restaurants, twenty-one temp assignments, multiple personal assistant positions, she’s danced with a professional hip-hop company, dressed in early 19th century costumes to serve tea and crumpets on the street, edited published books, babysat, and attained her New York Real Estate License.  She lives in New York City, one of the great loves of her life, with her husband and son – the other great loves of her life.  Marlo wishes to thank everyone who has loved and supported her along the way, all of the Unsuspecting Patrons of the Arts who paid her to create The Freelance Artist’s Manifesto while working for them, and anyone who has ever rejected her from anything.  Marlo is thrilled to have the pleasure of teaching FAM in New York City, and at esteemed universities such Princeton and Yale.

Photo Credit:  Oscar Reyes

Published on February 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] with humor by freelance veteran and FAM Founder, writer/director Marlo Hunter,  THE FREELANCE ARTIST’S MANIFESTO is a fresh perspective for our generation.  Enroll in our […]


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