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Mara Isaacs

Princeton, NJ            

Mara Isaacs is a creative producer.  She founded Octopus Theatricals in 2013 to fostering an expansive range of theatrical works–from experimental to commercial–for local, national and international audiences. Current projects include Hadestown by Anaïs Mitchell, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Iphigenia, a new opera composed by Wayne Shorter with a libretto by Esperanza Spalding (premiere 2019); Theatre for One, the mobile performance unit created by Christine Jones featuring original plays performed by one actor for one audience member at a time; Falling Out by Phantom Limb Company (premiere Fall 2018); Minefield by Lola Arias (US Tour 2018-2019); Song of the Goat Theater (US Tour Spring 2019); An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.  She is the Project Director of Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals.  Additional projects/Clients include Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Civilians, Fiasco Theater, Ripe Time, CalArts Center for New Performance and Princeton University. 

Mara has produced over 150 productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, throughout the U.S. and abroad, garnering Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, Lucile Lortel and many other awards, and eight of the plays Mara has developed and produced have appeared a total of twelve times on American Theatre Magazine’s annual “Top 10 List of Most Frequently Produced Plays”.  Mara was Producing Director at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ for 18 seasons, and previously produced new play development programs and productions for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.  She is a visiting faculty member for the CalArts MFA Creative Producing and Management Program and for Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts.  She currently serves as a member of the Tony Award nominating committee and is on the board of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund and Tofte Lake Center. www.octopustheatricals.com