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About

Charles Maryan

In New York, Charles Maryan's Off-Broadway directing work includes premieres of Ira Levin's Cantorial (Lamb's Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre), New York 1937, by Jose Iglesias (JRT), Mercy Street, by Anne Sexton (American Place Theatre), First Week in Bogota by Robert Cessna (Playwrights Horizons). The Last Girl Singer, by Deborah Grace Winer (Women's Project), The Aunts, by Gary Bonasorte (47th Street Theatre), The World of Wallowitch, conceived with John Wallowitch (cabaret), and Algonquin Sampler: a Literary Revue (conceived with Fred Voelpel), Joseph Jefferson Theatre.

In London, Mr. Maryan directed Murray Schisgal's The Typist and The Tiger, starring Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach (Globe Theatre), and Judd Silverman's Personal Affairs (ETC Theatre, previously Edinburgh Fringe Festival).

Regionally, he has been a guest director at theatres including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hartford Stage, The Barter Theatre (Virginia), American Musical Theatre (Connecticut), The Virginia Shakespeare Festival, has directed numerous regional and national tours, and has worked at virtually every major summer theatre in the Northeast, winning the esteemed Straw Hat Award for directing.

Frequently engaged in the world of opera, Mr. Maryan has directed an extensive number of world- and New York premieres of contemporary operas. New York productions (many of them for Center for Contemporary Opera) include Vera of Las Vegas (Hagen/Muldoon), The Postman Always Rings Twice (Paulus/Graham), Markheim (Floyd/Stevenson), Transformations (Susa/Sexton), The Medium and The Telephone (Menotti), Angel Levine (Siegmeister/Malamud), Sorry, Wrong Number (Beeson/Fletcher), Tale for a Deaf Ear (Bucci), The Bald Soprano (Kalminoff/Ionesco), Kafka: Letter to My Father (Walden/Kafka), and Glory Denied (Cipulo, reviewed staged reading). Les Bavards (Offenbach) was presented by Children's Free Opera with Orchestra of St. Luke's, and was featured on PBS's MacNeil/Lehrer Report. Regionally, he directed the world premiere of Nosferatu (Henderson/Gioia), a co-production of Montana's Rimrock Opera and Opera Idaho. He has served as a judge for Opera Index and the CCO's International Singers' Competitions.

He was Artistic Director for Playing With Words, a series featuring staged readings of short works by well-known authors (Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY), including Chekhov in new translation, starring Lois Nettleton, and the American premiere of Thorton Wilder's Bernice, starring Carmen De Lavallade. Earlier in his career, Mr. Maryan was Artistic Director of California Actors Theatre (Los Gatos), The Parker Playhouse (Ft. Lauderdale), and Green Mansions (Warrensburg, NY). Teaching has always played a significant role in his work. He is currently in his 24th year teaching at Pace University, where he has been a member of the Theatre, English and currently, the Communications departments. Starting at Yale, as the director of The Dramat (Yale's undergraduate drama club), he has guest-directed or taught at: The O'Neill Theatre Center, Juilliard, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, the Stella Adler Conservatory of the Theatre, Columbia University, Purchase College, City College, The College of Staten Island, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Infuential Charles Maryan Playwright/Directors Workshop is now in its 30th year, and has seen over one hundred of its plays produced Off-Broadway and regionally (members' awards include: GLAAD Media Award, Berilla Kerr Award (4), Samuel French Playwriting Contest (4), Turnip Festival (6). Recent NY production: Coney, by David Johnston, Blue Coyote Theatre).

Recently, he has been active in both the Actors Studio's Playwright/Directors Unit and their P/D Workshop, and several of his projects have been featured in the Studio's Festival of New Plays. TV work includes directing and serving as associate producer, and acting consultant for daytime television and Court TV.

A native of Chicago, after graduating from Dartmouth College he trained in New York with StellaAdler and Sanford Meisner.




     Charles & Marian Seldes on the set of Mercy Street                     Cary Grant & Charles at The Strawhat Awards


Photo Credit:  Martha Holmes