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Marissa Wolf

In mid-September 2018, Marissa began her tenure as the new Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage. Marissa has served as the Associate Artistic Director/New Works Director at Kansas City Rep for three seasons, launching OriginKC, a program that supports the creation, development, and production of new work from a diverse body of major national playwrights.  Following the world premiere of Fire in Dreamland by Rinne Groff (co-commissioned by The Public Theater and Berkeley Rep) as part of the 2016 OriginKC: New Works Festival, Marissa directed the Off Broadway premiere at The Public Theatre in June 2018. Additional directing credits at Kansas City Rep include the world premiere of Man in Love by Christina Anderson, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeThe Diary of Anne Frank, and A Raisin in the Sun.

Marissa previously served as the Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco for six seasons, where she directed numerous west coast and world premiere productions for the company including The Late Wedding by Christopher Chen, The Taming by Lauren Gunderson, The Bereaved by Thomas Bradshaw, Good Goods and DRIP by Christina Anderson, and Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven by Young Jean Lee. Other selected credits include the world premiere of 77% by Rinne Groff at SF Playhouse, Precious Little by Madeleine George at Shotgun Players, Act II of The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac at The Magic Theatre, the Bay Area Premiere of Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno at Cutting Ball Theatre. Additionally Wolf has directed workshops at The New Group, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Marin Theatre Company, and Playwrights Foundation. Nominated Best Director by Broadway World San Francisco and the Bay Area Critics Circle Award. Marissa previously held the Bret C. Harte Directing Fellowship at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and has her degree in drama from Vassar College, with additional training from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"
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"I Only Do Work that Terrifies Me"

Rebecca Novick and Marissa Wolf in Conversation

11 November 2018

Director, dramaturg, and founding AD of Crowded Fire, Rebcca Novick, speaks with Marissa Wolf, the new AD of Portland Center Stage—and former AD of Crowded Fire as well—about knowing when you’re ready for change, leaving communities you’ve helped build, parenting in the arts, and more.

Responding to the World Around You
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Responding to the World Around You

An interview with playwright Nathan Louis Jackson

20 July 2016

Marissa Wolf, Director of New Works at Kansas City Rep, talks with playwright in residence Nathan Louis Jackson.