Marina Montesanti is a New York based Theatre Director recipient of the 2019 TOWN stages fellowship. She develops new works that unfold stories of multicultural identities that are in relationship to the United States. Montesanti has been involved with theatre in Johannesburg, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and New York City. New York City selected directing credits: El Corrido de la Pola (The Flea Theatre); A Theft (Manhattan Theatre Club Studios); Fifteen Years of Love (Theater for a New City); Iʼm Just Loving it (Guild Theater); Check (Naked Angels/New Works Festival); The Ghosts in my Mirror (Naked Angels /New Works Festival); Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The New School for Drama); Glass Stained Angels (Glass Box Theatre); Double Take (M.R.T) Dance Lessons (Glass Box Theatre); Dreamless (Hunter College). Assistant and Associate Director Credits include: The New York Premiere of Letters to Sala (The Barrow Group); Letters to Sala Concert Version (The Museum of Jewish Heritage); La Paloma Prisoner (HI - ARTS); Monstrosity (The New School for Drama); True Hazards of Childhood (Phantom Theatre). Montesanti was part of the production management teams of: La Negra (HI-ARTS); Old Hats (Signature Theatre); Angel Reapers (Signature Theatre); Daphneʼs Dive (Signature Theatre); Signature Plays (Signature Theatre); Happy Hour (Monica Bill Barnes and Co. at Gibney Dance) and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Apt.929). Education: BFA in Dramatic Arts from The New School for Drama, and additional workshops with the Theatre Versus Oppression Company, SITI company, BAM and Harvard University (history and literature). From 2012-2014 Montesanti was a Theatre of the Oppressed teaching artist for Afrika Tikkun (Diepsloot, South Africa).
Montesanti is currently directing the development of Americano: A Latinx Musical by Jesse Sanchez. Also, Exi(s)t by Leila Cohen, co-produced by Cohen Sisters Production. Montesanti was recently commissioned to direct a two-act production at the Clemente Theatre based on the Sergio Urrego phenomenon, written by Gabriel G Torres. She is also in pre-production for the New York premiere of Jo Bilac’s Cucaracha.
BFA The New School, College of Performing Arts, School for Drama, BFA, Dramatic Arts SITI Company SUZUKI and Viewpoints workshop BAM Directing Masterclass taught by Peter Brook Harvard University Literature and History Summer Courses London RADA Applied Theatre Training Ping Chong & Co. One year course at The New School for Drama Urban Bush Women Workshops at The New School for Drama Oral History One year partnership with Atlas: DIY (immigrant youth program)