Marti Maraden was Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre for eight years from 1997-2005. She is a well-known actress and director, having directed for the Shaw Festival where she was also part of the acting company. This summer she will direct The Winter’s Tale for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival where she has spent eighteen seasons, having been a member of the acting company, a director of several productions, Director of the Young Company in 1991 and 1992, and an artistic director for the 2008 season.
She was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival for which she serves with Cindy Reid as co-chair of the National Resource Council. Her work in classical and contemporary theatre has also been seen at The Arts Club Theatre; The Vancouver Playhouse; Theatre Calgary; The Citadel; The Manitoba Theatre Centre; The Canadian Stage Company; The Tarragon Theatre; The Saidye Bronfman Centre; Theatre New Brunswick; The Chicago Shakespeare Theater; and the Childrens’ Theatre Company of Minneapolis.