Resident Dramaturg

Maren’s interest in TimeLine was sparked during its fourth season, when her husband was cast in NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES. “The use of the intimate space put the audience in a hotbox with prisoners tortured for going on hunger strike. It was so immediate and real; I hadn’t seen anything like it.”

Since 2004, she has served as TimeLine’s dramaturg for 26 shows and contributed to the company’s educational programming through the Living History Education Program; discussions; forums; and the development of Backstory, lobby displays and study guides.

For a dramaturg, TimeLine is a dream. Not only is the historical and dramaturgical context front and center for the audience, we also put our audiences front and center through discussions and events. We use our lobby as a laboratory, a place to experiment with new ways to share information and connect with audiences.

Maren became a TimeLine company member in 2012, and cites TimeLine’s mission as inspiration for her involvement.

The arts are often abused as impractical, a mere distraction or entertainment. TimeLine’s mission proves that a play can be a catalyst for conversation and action about current issues that effect our daily lives.

Her dramaturgy work at TimeLine includes IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY, A DISAPPEARING NUMBER, INANA, THE APPLE FAMILY PLAYS: THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING and SORRY, JUNO, THE HOW AND THE WHY, THE NORMAL HEART, WASTELAND, 33 VARIATIONS, MY KIND OF TOWN, ENRON, THE PITMEN PAINTERS, A WALK IN THE WOODS, IN DARFUR, TO MASTER THE ART, FROST/NIXON, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, WHEN SHE DANCED, THE HISTORY BOYS, NOT ENOUGH AIR, TRUMBO, PARADISE LOST, THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA, COPENHAGEN, PRAVDA, MARTIN FUREY’S SHOT and IT’S ALL TRUE.

A freelance dramaturg in Chicago for more than 15 years, she has worked on more than 40 productions, including 12 new works and adaptations with numerous theaters including Court, Camenae, Caffeine, Greasy Joan, Eclipse, Strawdog, The Plagiarists, Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum, Steppenwolf, The Chicago Humanities Festival and Lifeline, where she is an ensemble member.

She has been published in The Center for Classic Theater Review and has been a panelist at at the Chicago Theater Conference, the Chicago Theatre (Un)Conference and Chicago Ideas Week. She is the Chicago Metro Vice President for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Maren is Associate Director for The Master of Arts Program in Humanities at University of Chicago. She is an Instructor at the Theatre School at DePaul University and has taught or lectured a Loyola University, the Newberry Library, Chicago Public Library and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

She holds an MA degree in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she received the Catherine Ham Memorial Award for her play ANONYMOUS and accompanying thesis, which used the works of Peter Brook and Virginia Woolf to examine the issues of gender, writing, and absence in theatrical space.  Maren is a native of Pocatello, Idaho and earned her BA degree in English from Montana State University.

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