Marcella Murray is a New York-based theater artist from Augusta, Georgia. She is a playwright, performer, collaborator, and puppeteer. Murray’s work is heavily inspired by the observed ways in which people tend to segregate and reconnect. Her work tends to focus on themes of identity within a community and (hopefully) forward momentum in the face of trauma. Performances include Sonntags wird gelogen Or We Only Lie on Sundays written and directed by Leonie Bell at The Brick; The Slow Room, a piece directed by Annie Dorsen at Performance Space New York; a workshop of Ocean Filibuster which was co-created by the team Pearl D’Amour (Lisa D’Amour and Katie Pearl) with composer Sxip Shirey at Abrons Arts Center; I Don’t Want to Interrupt You Guys which was created in collaboration with Leonie Bell and Hyung Seok Jeon during RAP at Mabou Mines; New Mony created by Maria Camia at Dixon Place; and Shoot Don’t Talk at St. Ann’s Warehouse/Puppet Lab created by Andrew Murdock. Along with David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, she recently co-created Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed (Obie Special Citation for Creation and Performance) which opened at Abrons Arts Center, co-produced by Chocolate Factory, in January of 2020. She is also one of four curators of the Object Movement Festival at Center West Park.
This puppet artist residency is supported in part by Cheryl Henson and The Jim Henson Foundation.
Other Atlantas: What Had Happened (Work-in-Progress)
Written, designed, and created by Marcella Murray
Other Atlantas will eventually be a celebration of the marginalized who remain in spaces left behind, swallowed up, disappeared, decimated, used up, and ignored for the sake of some other entity’s idea of progress. In this residency, Marcella will develop the opening of this series which explores the process of displacement and resettlement using shadow puppetry, projection mapping, LEDs, and two-way mirrors. This piece asks "How DID we make it over?" While Marcella is pretty sure she doesn't know, she has an inkling towards the porousness of time, the inevitability of light, and celebration in all states of emotion aka The Kickback.