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. 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. 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, and Julian Sheppard (recent workshops in NYC, residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm). RECENT: Director, Up and Away (reading in Pittsburgh CLO's New Musicals series); 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); 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). Marlo currently is working with Larson Award winning composer/lyricist Julianne Wick Davis on the development of a new musical inspired by Jon Crispin's photographs of the Willard Asylum suitcases. CURRENT & UPCOMING: Assistant Director, The Golden Apple at Encores! (May 2017; Michael Berresse, Director); Assistant Director of the Broadway-bound Clueless musical (Developmental Lab, July 2017 - Kristin Hanggi, Director).
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 of 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; 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.
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. Marlo is a Drama League residency recipient, an alumna of the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corp, and proud member of the SDC. 2016 National Directors Fellowship Finalist. She lives in New York with her husband and son.