Marti Lyons, Artistic Director

Marti Lyons, Artistic Direc
On behalf of the Board, Core Ensemble, and staff of Remy Bumppo, we are delighted to announce that Marti Lyons has accepted the role of Artistic Director!
Marti’s nationally respected artistry combined with her warmth and passion for collaboration and commitment to multitudes of perspectives will be key for our continued growth. She has a deep respect for our history of ideas, language and ensemble process and will use that to deepen our connections to our present audience and engage with new ones. Marti brings a wealth of artistic, administrative, and teaching experience that will help propel Remy Bumppo forward as we plan our return to in-person programming.
“I am thrilled to join Remy Bumppo as artistic director. Remy Bumppo and I share a passion for language-based work whether extant, new or adaptive. We also share a love for both ensemble-based work as well as new collaborations. I join Remy Bumppo in a transformative moment in the company, in the country and in the world. As we transform, we honor the work that has come before while striving to ever better ourselves. We are committed to anti-racist and anti-exploitative practices and to operating with transparency, accountability and integrity. I am excited to embark on this journey together.” – Marti Lyons
Marti was selected after a national search led by a Search Committee composed of select staff, Core Ensemble members, Board members and representatives of the theatre community and our audience and ALJP Consulting, a BIPOC owned firm that centers the values of anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion in its work with organizations and candidates. ALJP Consulting is a mission-driven firm that employs planning and search services to address the contemporary challenges of nonprofit organizations in the arts and culture sector.
Thank you to our Search Committee and ALJP for your time, dedication, and energy throughout this entire process.
Thanks to you, our community, for your support throughout this search process as well as this past year. Thank you for your investment in us as we move forward together as a company.
With deep gratitude,
Joan Callahan
President, Board of Directors
Chair, Search Committee
Margaret McCloskey
Executive Director

Marti Lyons most recently directed I, Banquo by Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre and the audio production of Kings by Sarah Burgess for Studio Theatre in D.C. Next, Marti will direct Cymbeline at American Players Theatre. Marti has also directed How to Defend Yourself by liliana padilla at Victory Gardens as part of a co-production with Actors Theatre of Louisville. Marti also directed Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee (Victory Gardens Theatre, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Witch by Jen Silverman, which won the LA Drama Critic’s Circle Award for Best Direction (Geffen Playhouse in LA, Writers Theatre in Chicago); The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess (Writers Theatre); Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (Victory Gardens Theatre); Botticelli In The Fire by Jordan Tannahill (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company); The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe and Kings by Sarah Burgess (Studio Theater); Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner (The Court Theatre); The Merry Wives of Windsor (Montana Shakespeare in the Parks); Short Shakes! Macbeth and Short Shakes! Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Wit (The Hypocrites); The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina (Northlight Theatre Company). She directed Wondrous Strange by Meg Miroshnik, Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman and Jiehae Park (2016 Humana Festival) and Title And Deed by Will Eno (Lookingglass Theatre Company). Other projects include Laura Marks’ Bethany, Marks’ Mine and Will Nedved’s Body and Blood (The Gift Theatre); Catherine Treischmann’s Hot Georgia Sunday and Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar (Haven Theatre); Prowess by Ike Holter, The Peacock by Calamity West and The Last Duck by Lucas Neff (Jackalope Theatre); The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew (Raven Theatre); Give it all Back by Calamity West, Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi, 9 Circles by Bill Cain, Maria/Stuart by Jason Grote, and co-directed The Golden Dragon (Sideshow Theatre). Marti is an ensemble member at The Gift Theatre, an Artistic Associate with Sideshow Theatre and a proud member of SDC.


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