Marianne Weems

Marianne Weems

Arts Practice and Research, Implementation

Marianne Weems is a theater and opera director and founder of the award-winning New York-based theater company The Builders Association, an influential ensemble that has created a significant body of work at the forefront of integrating media with live performance. With the company, she has created and directed 17 original large-scale productions and worked with unexpected collaborators including the architects Diller + Scofidio, The National Center for Super Computing Applications, and the South Asian arts collective motiroti. Her work has toured domestically and internationally to over 80 venues including the RomaEuropa Festival, the Festival Iberoamericano de Bogota, the Seoul Festival, the Melbourne Theater Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Her last four performances have had their New York premieres at The Brooklyn Academy of Music.


ARI Supported Project: 

These funds will support the rehearsals and premiere of a one-woman show drawing on the influential position of Ayn Rand as spokesmodel for our current free-market capitalist dystopia. The piece will be created with Weems' New York-based performance and media ensemble The Builders Association. Rehearsed at UC Santa Cruz in January of 2023 and in New York in May 2023, the production will premiere in New York in June 2023.

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