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 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. She is the Co-Creator & 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); Director, Choreographer & Story, Island Song (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Assistant Director, The Golden Apple at Encores! (Michael Berresse, Director); Director & Choreographer, Up and Away at Pittsburgh CLO (World Premiere). 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: Associate Director, Clueless, a new musical with book & lyrics by Amy Heckerling (Kristin Hanggi, Director; Dodgers Theatricals); Director, Teeth by Michael R. Jackson and Anna K. Jacobs at The Eugene O'Neill Music Theater Conference (July 2018). Marlo is currently in pre-production for her feature film directorial debut: American Reject, shooting summer 2018 (Full Armor Films).
Marlo has directed, choreographed and developed new work at Second Stage, Long Wharf, Williamstown, Roundabout, EST, Pittsburgh CLO, Bay Street, Sundance Theatre Lab, TUTS Underground, NJ Rep, Bloomington Playwrights Project, NYMF, The Lark at NY Stage & Film, and The Orchard Project, SPACE on Ryder Farm, among others. She is an alumna of the Sundance Theatre Lab, a Drama League residency recipient, an alumna of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corp, a 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist and a proud member of the SDC.
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, Liz Flahive, Aurin Squire and Eisa Davis.
Marlo teaches a workshop, “The Freelance Artist’s Manifesto Boot Camp” in NYC, at universities, and through private coaching, empowering creative freelancers with mental and practical tools to survive and thrive as an artist. She holds a B.A. in English/Dramatic Literature from Princeton University, and a Classical Diploma (study of Latin & Greek) from Phillips Exeter Academy. She lives in New York with her husband and son.