Marlies' Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Atlanta Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    New York, NY

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 4

  • ON DVD:

MARLIES YEARBY

Choreographer/Dancer
Rent

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

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Art

THEMES DISCUSSED:

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

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

accepted, biological science, biological sciences, came naturally, dance, dancing, Defining Moment, drained, Insticts, musicals, production, teaching, theater, tony award, trying new things, weighing options, what if, worst that can happen

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Originally studied biology; never really felt a passion for it, but it "made sense" in the narrative of "you need to find a sensible career."
  • Took a dance class near the end of her first year and says "that was it," suddenly her schedule was packed full of dance classes.
  • She kept her major set as biological sciences to have a safety net, until finally the college said, "What are you doing? You're taking all dance classes."
  • Once she switched majors, she started doing professional dance and choreography work outside of class.
  • Eventually, she was doing so well that she started missing classes; her college urged her to take some time off to pursue dance in earnest.
  • She moved to New York and worked harder than she'd ever worked; got invited to send in a choreography submission for Rent.
  • Even though she was exhausted, and her time in New York had drained her, when Rent called her back, she refused to pass up the opportunity.
  • In 1996, her choreography for Rent was nominated for a Tony Award.

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