ASC alum Marissa Longo will be playing Martha Cratchit and the Laundress in Metropolis Performing Arts' upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.
Marti most recently directed THE WOLVES at Studio Theater in D.C., TWELFTH NIGHT for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? at Court Theater. She also recently directed NATIVE GARDENS by Karen Zacarías for Victory Gardens Theatre, THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX by Bathsheba Doran for Writers Theatre, SHORT SHAKES! ROMEO AND JULIET for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in the schools and in the parks, WIT for The Hypocrites, GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity West for Sideshow Theatre, and THE CITY OF CONVERSATION by Anthony Giardina for Northlight Theatre Company. She directed WONDROUS STRANGE, by Meg Miroshnik, Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman, and Jiehae Park for the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, starring the theatre's Apprentice Company, and a reading of Meg Miroshnik's LADY TATTOO for the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Marti has also directed Will Eno’s TITLE AND DEED for Lookingglass Theatre Company and a reading of Martín Zimmerman's ON THE EXHALE for the New Stages Festival at Goodman Theatre where she received the 2015 Maggio directing fellowship. Other projects include Laura Marks’ BETHANY, Marks' MINE and Will Nedved’s BODY AND BLOOD for The Gift Theatre; Catherine Trieschmann’s HOT GEORGIA SUNDAY and Theresa Rebeck's SEMINAR for Haven Theatre; PROWESS by Ike Holter, THE PEACOCK by Calamity West, and THE LAST DUCK by Lucas Neff for Jackalope Theatre; THE PLAY ABOUT MY DAD by Boo Killebrew for Raven Theatre; MAI DANG LAO by David Jacobi, 9 CIRCLES by Bill Cain, MARIA/STUART by Jason Grote, and co-directed THE GOLDEN DRAGON for Sideshow Theatre. Next Marti will direct BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE by Jordan Tannahill for Woolly Mammoth Theatre, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, and WITCH at Writers Theater. Marti is an ensemble member with the Gift Theatre Company, an Artistic Associate with Sideshow Theatre Company, and a proud member of SDC. www.martilyons.com
"Marti (Marti Lyons, Instructor- Script as Score with Marti Lyons) has an inclusive and highly collaborative way of working with actors. I always love her generous spirit and sense of humility, often stating, 'I'm interested to know if XYZ would work here' or 'you are totally on the right track and you illuminated something here that I didn't necessarily see before!' These are the kinds of things you hear Marti Lyons saying in class and it inspires the best, most magical work from actors. She also exposed us to such exciting plays with richly drawn characters and plenty of conflict so watching others' scenes was intense and rewarding. Marti gave us all really great tools!"
— Laurie Carter Rose