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Marion A. Wright

Title: Lecturer, Department of Drama and Dance
Location: 147 Fine Arts
Email: mwright@spelman.edu
TheatreProfWright@gmail.com (preferred)

Education
Master of Fine Arts in Stage Management: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; May 2000
Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education:  Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University; August 1994

Marion A. Wright is a manager for theater with expertise in stage management, production management, event coordinating, logistics and execution.  She holds a master of fine arts in stage management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor of science in theater with a minor in education from Florida A&M University. From 2000 to 2004, professor Wright served as production manager at New WORLD Theater, a nationally and internationally recognized multicultural and multidisciplinary theater company located in Amherst, Mass. She has served on the stage management team for numerous theatrical productions including plays, musicals, opera and dance.

Additionally, she’s worked at theaters and presenting venues around the country, such as Dance Theatre Workshop in New York, the Family Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Court Theatre in Chicago, and Alliance Theatre and Horizon Theater Co. in Atlanta. In addition to her work as a manager, professor Wright’s foray into directing include plays: "The Vagina Monologues," "The Colored Museum," "Jar the Floor," "The Odd Couple," "The Glass Menagerie," "Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine," "Agnes of God," and "The Shape of Things." Professor Wright has taught classes and workshops at the University of Illinois, University of Massachusetts, and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and served as a panelist for Black Theatre Network and the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity.

Currently Marion is a volunteer for Passion for Life Inc. a four-year career and life coaching program that encourages and guides at-risk high school students to pursue their passions and turn them into careers. Professor Wright joined the Spelman College Department of Drama and Dance in the fall of 2004. She teaches various theater classes. She also advises first-year students and teaches First-Year Experience. In the Department of Drama and Dance, professor Wright directs plays for the season, is the Audience Services Manager, is faculty adviser for Spriggs-Burroughs Drama and Dance Ensemble, and collaborates annually with students on Senior Sendoff.

Professor Wright is known for her rigorous academic standards and high expectations, but also understands that students need a stable and consistent support system in order to reach and understand their full potential. She believes a student’s education extends beyond the classroom and is regularly available to both current and former students for academic, professional and personal advise. Her teaching philosophy is simply: Students First.

Area of Expertise
:  Stage Management and Production Management.  Most of the projects I work on are new and/or works in progress, works by artists of color, works that are dance based and works that explore arts and activism.


Classes Taught
Fall

  • Drama 101 Theatre Insight
  • Drama 407 Script Analysis
  • Drama 329 Stage Management
  • Drama 302 Contemporary Drama

Spring

  • Drama 101 Theatre Insight
  • Drama 329 Theatre Management
  • Drama 210 Women In Drama

College Service

  • Faculty Development Committee 2006-2009
  • Community Standards Review Board 2011-Present

Scholarly Endeavors

  • Panelist: Black Theatre Network; August 2006
  • Round Table Discussion: Opportunities in Design
  • This discussion will offer first-hand tips, inspiring anecdotal accounts, and extremely valuable professional advice from those “at the top of their game” in design.
  • Presenter: National Conference On Race and Ethnicity; June 2005
  • Project 2050: Exploring a model for creating performance and dialogue
  • Workshop Presenter: Makerere University, Kampala; Uganda Fall 1999
  • Fundamentals of Stage Management

Creative Endeavors

  • Associate Producer, PG Entertainment, July 2013; Atlanta, GA
  • Volunteer Coordinator and Panel Facilitator, Black Theatre Network, July 2012; Atlanta, GA
  • Director, Agnes of God, Clark Atlanta University, February 2011; Atlanta, GA
  • Stage Manager, Collision Project-I Have A Dream, Summer 2008, Alliance Theatre Company, Atlanta, GA
  • Planning Committee Member, Gathering at the Crossroads Symposium for Alternate Roots-March 2007, Atlanta, GA
  • Production Manager, Gulf Coast Artist Showcase for the National Performance Network and Alternate Roots- January 2007, New York City
  • Production Manager, 365U Weeks 6 and 9 at the Southwest Arts Center December 2006 and January 2007, Atlanta, GA
  • Production Manager, New Works For A New World and Project 2050 for New World Theater, Summer 2006, Amherst, MA
  • Stage Manager, Hip Hop 2 da Head for Full Circle Productions at the Kennedy Center-Family Theatre, April 2006, Washington, DC
  • Production Manager, Intersections IV: Re/Generations for New WORLD Theater-April 2006, Amherst MA
  • Stage Manager, Innaviews for Full Circle Productions at Dance Theatre Workshop-January 2006, New York, NY
  • Stage Manager, RE-FUSE 2005 for RendezVousDanceWorks-September 2005, Atlanta, GA
  • Production Manager, New Works For A New World and Project 2050 for New World Theater, Summer 2005, Amherst, MA