Kristin Marting

Looking at You
Photo: Xi Zhou

Kristin Marting is a director of hybrid work based in NYC. Over the last 25 years, she has constructed 29 stage works, including 9 original hybrid works, 6 opera-theatre and music-theatre works, 9 reimaginings of novels and short stories and 5 classic plays. She works in a collaborative, process-driven way to fuse different disciplines into a cohesive whole. She has developed a unique directorial form that features a “gestural vocabulary” used both as an emotional signifier and as a choreographic element.

Kristin has directed 19 works at HERE and also premiered works at BAM, 3LD, Ohio Theatre, and Soho Rep. Her work has toured to 7 Stages, Berkshire Festival, Brown, MCA, New World, Painted Bride, Perishable, UMass, Moscow Art Theatre, London and Oslo. She has directed readings, workshops and premieres for Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, National Sawdust, Playwrights Horizons, Prototype, Public Theatre, Target Margin, and others. Selected residencies include Cal Arts, LMCC, Mabou Mines, MASS MOCA, NACL, Orchard Project, Playwrights Center, Smack Mellon, Voice & Vision and Williams. She has also directed productions for Cal Arts, NYU, and Sarah Lawrence.

Kristin was recently named a nytheatre.com Person of the Decade for outstanding contribution, a Woman to Watch by ArtTable and honored with a BAX10 Award. Selected grants include 2 MAP Fund, NEA, NYSCA, Greenwall, Harkness, Jerome and Santvoord Foundations. Prior works have been reviewed in all major NY papers.

Kristin is a political activist who has organized many art actions and a frequent panelist for the NEA, TCG, NYSCA, DCA, and ART/NY. She has taught Creative Producing and Directing as well as lecturing at a number of universities. She served as Co-President of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She assisted Robert Wilson on Salome and Hamletmachine and co-founded the tiny mythic theatre company. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with honors in 1988.

Kristin is co-founder and Artistic Director of NYC’s HERE Art Center, where she directs projects, cultivates artists and programs two performance spaces for an annual audience of 30,000. She also co-founded and is Co-Artistic Director of the annual Prototype opera-theatre festival.

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  1. […] Kristin Marting spoke to us from New York where she is the founding artistic director of HERE. As a people-oriented person and theater maker, the pandemic has been a very strange time for her but it has also been a time of great learning and change. Among the lessons she has learned from this time is the ways in which the structure of her organization must change in order to achieve greater equity. While HERE had already been moving in this direction, the events of 2020 have pulled this need into sharp focus and made it even more of an imperative. Marting also says she has learned a great deal about work-life balance and will take with her the wisdom to slow down and not overwork herself as a habit. This year Marting decided to send homemade valentines to her friends, a gesture that received tremendous feedback. To hear more about how her life has changed during the pandemic and more, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Kristin Marting spoke to us from New York where she is the founding artistic director of HERE. As a people-oriented person and theater maker, the pandemic has been a very strange time for her but it has also been a time of great learning and change. Among the lessons she has learned from this time is the ways in which the structure of her organization must change in order to achieve greater equity. While HERE had already been moving in this direction, the events of 2020 have pulled this need into sharp focus and made it even more of an imperative. Marting also says she has learned a great deal about work-life balance and will take with her the wisdom to slow down and not overwork herself as a habit. This year Marting decided to send homemade valentines to her friends, a gesture that received tremendous feedback. To hear more about how her life has changed during the pandemic and more, listen to the complete interview. […]