As the Artistic Director of Applied Theatre Practice, Mara’s responsibilities are two-fold. She directs the Bok Center Players, an interactive theatre company whose mission is to examine issues of diversity and inclusion in classrooms as well as the academic community at large. Mara also works with faculty and students to extend principles from the theatre to the practice of teaching and learning, with the goal of developing creative, full-body approaches to pedagogy and curriculum.
Mara is a classically trained actor and seasoned educator. In addition to her role at Harvard, she is the Director of Education Programs, Projects, and Partnerships and a Resident Acting Company Member at Actors’ Shakespeare Project, an award-winning professional theatre company. She also works as a Senior Facilitator for The Ariel Group, where she trains business executives across the globe using the tools of the theatre for more effective communication and leadership development.
Mara's career as an educator and artist is inextricably linked to early experiences of theatre as a powerful tool for human and cultural development. She is passionate about applied theatre in adult learning environments, diversity and cross-cultural training, change management, and creating transformational learning environments in unusual spaces. Mara has been on the Faculty of the Boston Conservatory, Bentley University, Boston Arts Academy, and the Winsor School. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from The American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and the Moscow Art Theatre School.
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