Bio

Bio
By the time she graduated from Scottsdale Arizona’s Horizon High School, she had attended 15 different schools and lived in 9 different states. Moving around gave her the ability to adapt quickly. And parents who frequently dropped whatever they were doing to dance to any song of The Temptations or Earth Wind and Fire that came over the radio, greatly influenced her love of the performing arts.

Maren’s theatre accolades have roots in her passion for studies in acting, movement, dance, stage combat, and directing at the prestigious Southern Utah University, home of the Utah Shakespearean Festival, the third largest Shakespearean Festival in the United States and recipient of the 2000 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre. For three seasons, she performed and facilitated workshops with the Utah Shakespeare Educational Tour under the direction of Michael Bahr, Education Outreach Director. For five seasons, Maren performed with the highly acclaimed Utah Shakespeare Festival’s Acting Company. For three seasons, she directed the Greenshow for Nevada Shakespeare in the Park. She spent five seasons as the Education Outreach Director for Southwest Shakespeare Company and taught Movement for Actor’s at Arizona School for the Arts for many years. She will continue to moonlight’s a workshop or two for Arizona Theatre Company. Maren is currently teaching at Scottsdale Community College’s Theatre Department.

Her favorite roles include Pamela in Fox on the Fairway at Actor’s Theatre, Belinda/Flavia in Noises Off at Phoenix Theatre, Crystal in The Women at Phoenix Theatre, Kate in Taming of the Shrew at Southwest Shakespeare Company, Chris in Rumors Phoenix Theatre, Beth in AriZoni Award winning Dinner with Friends at Actor’s Theatre, Hilda in Venus Observed at Verse Theatre Manhattan, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Utah Shakespearean Festival and CC Beans in Zanini’s Scout’s Sky at St. Jon’s Verandah.

She and husband Chris were founders of THEATRESCAPE, a Phoenix based educational theatre company. Theatre has taken her from Dramaturgy for Phoenix’s outstanding Nearly Naked Theatre’s 2003 production of Shakespeare’s R & J, costume design for Theatscape’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and directing for Algonquin Theatre Company’s 2006 Merchant of Venice and The Shakespeare Theatre’s 2002 The Lion in Winter.

She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and a member of Arizona’s AEA Liaison Committee. She is thankfully represented by Dani’s Agency. Maren is pleased to also be involved with Alpha Phi Fraternity.

Maren finds great joy in her handsome husband Chris and their stunning daughters Scotlyn and Siena. Dance and music fill their home and all get a kick out of creating in the kitchen. Maren loves to see her parents enjoying their granddaughters and finds great comfort that Chris’s loving Mom, Lynn, is right down the road for instant play dates and coverage for spur of the moment auditions.

Many thanks to some great mentors and friends: Barbara Berrett, Doug and Kay Baker, Quetta Carpenter, Patrick Walsh, Ann Tully, Larry Whitesell, Joanie Colson, Dr. Michael Flachmann, Eric St. Charles Stein, Lise Mills, Todd Ross, Jeff Kennedy, Randy Messersmith, Terre Steed and E.E. Moe.
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