Marie is a director and theatre maker, who has trained and worked across Canada and internationally. She is also the founder and the Co-Artistic Director of the formal experimental company Babelle Theatre in Vancouver. Her work with Babelle has been described as trippy, intelligent and wildly inventive. As a director, her professional experience is varied, from staging classical texts, new Canadian plays, sketch comedy and theatre for young audiences, to developing new works with writers and devising contemporary puppetry. Marie is not afraid of risk, of bending physical space and theatrical conventions to offer a different point of entry into the arts for younger and more adventurous audiences. She is an artist with very playful conceptions of dramatic convention – her shows operate under one set of rules and then they subvert those rules ever so slightly, again and again.
She has directed for and collaborated with companies such as Rumble Theatre, Théâtre La Seizième, and Porte-Parole. For the 2018/19 season, she worked as the Associate Artistic Director at Crow’s Theatre with Chris Abraham. She was also an Assistant Director at the Stratford Festival, Bard on the Beach, and the ArtsClub. Favourite and noticeable directing credits include: GHOST QUARTET (Crow’s Theatre); THE HUNS (Toronto Fringe 2019); SURVEIL (Hip. Bang! – Artistic Risk Award at the Vancouver Fringe 2018); ALL MY FRIENDS ARE ANIMALS (a co-production with Axis Theatre); MOVEMENTS 1&2; RIVULETS (seven Jessie Richardson Award nominations including Outstanding Direction and Production in Small Theatre); SEABIRD IS IN A HAPPY PLACE (2015 winner of the OOB Short Play Festival/NYC) and THE 4th GRADERS PRESENT AN UNNAMED LOVE-SUICIDE (Rumble Theatre). More at mariefarsi.com.