Marlies' Open Road



“I made choices that had to do with me.”


Acting & Theatre


Chance Choices Confidence Dedication Education Experience Fulfillment Inspiration Instincts Opportunity Passion Regrets Struggle Transitions


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Marlies Yearby's love of dance began at an early age, and she spent her entire childhood dancing and performing. Once she got to college, however, she took a ‘safer' route. During her first year she majored in Biological Sciences, but was able to fit in one dance class. That one class energized her so much that she began taking nothing but dance classes. Soon, the university was knocking on her door reminding her that she was a Biological Sciences major… she soon switched majors to study Dance. After a while, however, she realized that she wanted to take a chance dancing professionally and moved to New York to try her luck as a working dancer. She left college, found success in the professional dance world, and never looked back. She worked consistently as a choreographer for many years before submitting a tape for a new musical called Rent. While she was working on another piece, she got a call offering her the choreography job for Rent. Her choreography partner encouraged her to take the new job and her resulting work got her a Tony nomination.

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