Rank: Associate Professor
Title: Managing Director, K-State Theatre
Education: MFA, Penn State University, Theatre Management/Stage Management; MA, Kent State University, Theatre Administration and Directing; BFA, Kent State University, Acting and Directing (Magna Cum Laude).
Courses Taught: Stage Management, Theatre Management, Regional Theatre, Fundamentals of Acting, Readers' Theatre
Job Description: As managing director, Marci creates and oversees the budgeting for the theatre program. She is in charge of marketing for all of the productions, oversees box office operations with McCain Auditorium and is the head of the stage management program. She also serves as the main fundraiser for KSU Theatre.
Bio: Marci has been the managing director for several professional theatre companies including the Snowmass/Aspen Repertory Theatre (LORT) in Colorado, the Porthouse Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio and the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts. She was also a general manager at the prestigious Williamstown Theatre Festival where she produced several world premieres including John Guare's Moon Over Miami (starring Nathan Lane, Jim Belushi, Glenn Headley and Julie Haggerty); noted political novelist/satirist, Christopher Buckley's play, Campion; as well as the directing debut of Oscar-winning actress Joanne Woodward with a production of Golden Boy (starring Dylan McDermott from the ABC series, The Practice). Marci has given numerous workshops in Stage Management, Theatre Management and Professional Development at ACTFKC (American College Theatre Festival-Kennedy Center) and the Mid America Theatre Conference. She has also served as an invited panelist in stage management for the USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology). Marci received a grant from the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts for a summer project, Making Art, Making Peace, which used theatre as a means to teach conflict resolution to at-risk teens. Marci is the Vice-President of the not-for-profit organization, Side by Side, Music and Theatre. Before management, Marci was an actress in stock and in NYC where she created the role of Taddy Jo in the original cast of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the renowned Actors Studio.
Marci became a member of the graduate faculty in 1989. She has served on numerous committees in the graduate school and was chair of the Arts and Humanities Graduate sub-committee for several years. She currently serves on the Provost's Distinguished Lecture Committee.
Favorite quote: "A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded which he cannot do, never does all he can." John Stuart Mill