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 plays and musicals. 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. She is the Co-Conceiver & Director of The Theatrical Culinary Project – an immersive play in development putting Top Chef finalist & The Chew Co-Host, Carla Hall, into collaboration with playwrights Jeff Augustin, Martyna Majok, Daniel Pearle, Harrison David Rivers and Julian Sheppard (recent workshops in NYC, residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm). RECENT: Director, Costs of Living (Rodgers Award presentations at Playwrights Horizons, and a reading in the Village Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals); Director, Choreographer & Story, Island Song (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Assistant Director, The Golden Apple at Encores! (Michael Berresse, Direct0r); Director, Tartuffe (Atlantic Stage 2; Atlantic Acting School); Director, Teeth by Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs (multiple readings, Sundance Theatre Institute’s lab at MASS MoCA); Associate Director of the Broadway-bound Clueless musical (Developmental Lab, July 2017 – Kristin Hanggi, Director). Marlo is currently working with Larson Award winning composer/lyricist Julianne Wick Davis on a new musical inspired by Jon Crispin’s photographs of the Willard Asylum suitcases. UPCOMING: Director & Choreographer, Up and Away! The Astonishing, Amazing, Absolutely True Tale of the Incredible J. Jessup (and his Brother) (Pittsburgh CLO – 2018 World Premiere).

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 (New Jersey Rep); Choreographer, Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage, Peter DuBois, Dir.); Choreographer, LMNOP (TUTS Underground, Joe Calarco, Dir.); Director, Carner & Gregor’s Island Song (Bloomington Playwrights Project); Associate Choreographer (The Public’s Much Ado About Nothing for the Mobile Unit, Chase Brock, Choreographer); Associate Choreographer, Picnic (Roundabout, Chase Brock, choreographer); The Music Man (Broadway, SDC Observer, mentored by Susan Stroman); Director, Rob by Sam Forman, 508 by Amy Herzog (EST); Choreographer, The Rockae (Prospect, NYMF). Regional: Choreographer, Travesties (Long Wharf & Williamstown); Choreographer, Diva Diaries (Tampa Bay PAC, Broward Center, Chicago’s Lakeshore Theatre); original choreography, Alfred Uhry’s Without Walls (Williamstown). Film: Choreography Consultant, “Faster” (documentary) directed by Robert Mac.

She 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 Drama League residency recipient, an alumna of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corp, and a proud member of the SDC. 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist. She lives in New York with her husband and son. www.marlohunter.com

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

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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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