REGENTS Lecturer

November 10, 2016, 6:00 pm   » 

Martha Clarke is an American theater director and choreographer noted for her multidisciplinary approach to theatre, dance, and opera. A founding member of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Crowsnest, Martha Clarke has choreographed for Nederlans Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, and The Martha Graham Company, among others. Ms. Clarke is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Award in addition to fellowships from the NEA and Guggenheim Foundation.

As a director Ms. Clarke’s many original productions include Garden of Earthly Delights; Vienna: Lusthaus; Miracolo d’amore; Endangered Species; An Uncertain Hour; The Hunger Artist; and Vers La Flame. She directed the premiere of Christopher Hampton‘s Alice’s Adventures Underground at the Royal National Theatre in London. In opera, Ms. Clarke has directed The Magic Flute for the Glimmerglass Opera and the Canadian Opera Company; Cosi Fan Tutte for Glimmerglass; Tan Dun‘s Marco Polo for the Munich Biennale, the Hong Kong Festival, and the New York City Opera; and Gluck’s Orfeo and Eurydice for the English National Opera and New York City Opera.

She directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for The American Repertory Theatre and a new music/theatre work, Belle Epoque, based on the life of Toulouse-Lautrec at Lincoln Center Theatre. Kaos, an evening of Pirandello’s short stories presented at New York Theatre Workshop, was granted the first Tony Randall Foundation Award in 2006. She has received the Drama Desk Award, two Obie Awards and the LA Critics Award. In 2007, she received an NEA grant to re-envision Garden of Earthly Delights under a program dedicated to the remounting of American masterworks. It opened at the American Dance Festival and ran five months Off-Broadway.

In 2010, Ms. Clarke received the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement. Angel Reapers, a collaboration with Pulitzer prize-winner Alfred Uhry, toured New England with performances at The Joyce Theater in 2011. She created the full-evning work L’altra metá del cielo spring 2012 at La Scala Opera in Milan, Italy. She is the recipient of the 2013 Dance Magazine Award.

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