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Adam Christopher Marple

  • Position: Assistant Professor of Directing
  • Department: Department of the Arts
Brief Biography

Adam Marple is the co-artistic director of the internationally recognized The Theatre of Others and the co-host of The Theatre of Others Podcast (with over 20,000 listeners in over 90 countries and amongst the top 5% of podcasts worldwide). He has directed over 50 productions and interdisciplinary works regionally and off-broadway in America, Europe, The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Australia, and Asia. He has directed over half of Shakespeare’s canon and frequently adapts classic texts for modern audiences. He has written, devised, or adapted 16 new works. His latest production, Steven Gaultney’s Bright Light Burning, performed at the UN COP28 Climate Conference held in Dubai. The Earth Turns- a Climate-Inspired Performance for COP27, performed at the COP27 Climate Conference held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. It was additionally released as an Audio Play to mark the opening of COP28

He is also the founder of The Sustainable Theatre Network, an organization dedicated to addressing resource management and practices but also creating sustainable models for creation without losing aesthetic value. Accessible as an open source/creative commons website dedicated to sharing best practices in sustainable theatre-making alongside a platform where organizations from the network each share their research and productions

As a frequent interdisciplinary collaborator, he frequently collaborates with various artists, including the audio-visual improvisational electronic music duo Black Zenith, as well as with Serbian composers and the piano and electronic music duo known as the inventors of the Hybrid Piano, LP Duo.

He has been on the faculties of LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, was a senior associate professor of Theatre at Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) in Mexico, and is an assistant professor in directing at The American University in Cairo (AUC). He’s taught internationally at the Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, as well as the Center for Cultural Decontamination (CZKD)- Serbia, Orvieto Sperimentazione Teatro- Italy, La MaMa Umbria-Italy, Kyoto University of Art and Design-Japan, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok, National School of Drama-India, Goldsmiths University of London, The American University of Beirut, The University of Tennessee, and Texas A&M University. He continues to mentor and teach composition and directing to students from the Yale School of Drama, Accademia Teatro Dimitri, The Juilliard School, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) amongst others in his own workshops.

Marple has been practicing and teaching The Viewpoints, a study that establishes and expands the base of performance by inquiring into the vocabulary of the basic materials that are found in the creation of all art, for over twenty-five years having worked with its founders Mary Overlie, Anne Bogart, and Tina Landau. His research centers on the expansion and testing of The Viewpoints as an Interdisciplinary and Transcultural pedagogy. He holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Research Interest
  • The Viewpoints as an Interdisciplinary and Transcultural pedagogy
  • Cognition and Creativity in Improvised Structures
  • Spectatorship and the Phenomenology of the Audience
  • Audience Making
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Sustainable Theatre Making
  • Theatrical Spaces as Crucibles of Memory
  • Collaboration as an Artistic and Political Act
  • Art as informed Policy Making
  • BFA- Acting 2003, Magna Cum Laude, Professional Actor Training Program, Wright State University
  • MFA- Theatre Directing 2010. School of the Arts, Columbia University in the City of New York

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