Our first spotlights feature three teaching artists who are directing in the Watertown Children’s Theatre Short Play Festival to be performed on November 13 and 14.
Marge Dunn is a Boston-based actor, director, fight choreographer, educator, yoga instructor, etc. She has spent a lot of time at MCA in recent years, teaching and directing for WCT (Hamlet, Chicago) and performing for New Rep (Cardboard Piano, HAIR). She currently resides in Jamaica Plain, and serves as Technical Director at the Roxbury Latin School.
What’s your earliest memory of the arts?
My dad made a Puppet Theatre out of an old refrigerator box, and for years we had friends over to make papier-mâché puppets and perform for our parents! So much yarn-hair and glitter.
Do you have a favorite memory or story about MCA?
Last summer there was a PLEASE TOUCH THE ART exhibit and it was incredible! Especially while teaching young people, it was great for them to be able to interact with the pieces when usually they are off limits for tiny hands.
How have you stayed connected to the arts these past seven months?
I consumed a lot of National Theatre performances when they were streaming, and I have taken in many virtual performances from local groups. I voice characters on a fantasy podcast, which has allowed me to build blanket forts in my bedroom to record.
Who’s your favorite artist (of any form—visual arts, theater, music, dance)?
I’ve been listening to a lot of the band Khruangbin—mostly instrumental and great for when your body needs to move.
Do you have a favorite quote about the arts or one you’d like to share?
“Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.” – Georgia O’Keefe