NEW YORK CITY BASED DANCER AND CHOREOGRAPHER, MARLA PHELAN, HAS ESTABLISHED A CAREER OF VERSATILITY SPANNING ACROSS CONTEMPORARY DANCE, BROADWAY, IMMERSIVE THEATER, FILM, TV AND COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS.

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MARLA CREDITS HER TECHNICAL VIRTUOSITY TO HER TRAINING FROM THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, WHICH SHE MELDS WITH HER INTEREST IN MOVEMENT AS A RAW COMMUNICATOR.  

 

HER COLLABORATIONS AS A CONTEMPORARY DANCER HAVE REACHED MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD, HAVING WORKED WITH MASTER CHOREOGRAPHERS  AKRAM KHAN, HOFESH SHECHTER, MAXINE DOYLE, ASZURE BARTON, OHAD NAHARIN, AND MARK MORRIS.

 

MARLA MADE HER BROADWAY DEBUT IN BARTLETT SHER’S REVIVAL OF FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AND IS CURRENTLY THE TOURING COMPANY’S ASSOCIATE CHOREOGRAPHER/ DIRECTOR.  MARLA JOINED ACCLAIMED IMMERSIVE THEATER COMPANY PUNCHDRUNK IN 2011 FOR THEIR OFF BROADWAY DEBUT OF SLEEP NO MORE AND THEIR NATIONAL THEATER PRODUCTION OF THE DROWNED MAN: A HOLLYWOOD FABLE IN LONDON. THIS SUMMER MARLA IS DANCING IN DRAGON SPRING PHOENIX RISE AS PART OF THE SHED’S INAUGURAL SEASON.

 

ON CAMERA, MARLA HAS DANCED IN MUSIC VIDEOS ARMOR AND NIGHT BY NIGHT,  IN COMEDY CENTRAL'S TV SERIES ALTERNATINO AND FEATURE FILM THE KITCHEN, AS WELL AS COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGNS BOTH ONLINE AND IN PRINT.  SHE STARRED IN SHORT FILM FLOW PREMIERING AT SXSW FESTIVAL AND IN DANCE FILM LUCID.

 

AS SHE CONTINUES TO EMERGE AS A CHOREOGRAPHER, MARLA DIRECTED MOVEMENT FOR FISCHERSPOONER’S MUSIC VIDEO TOP BRAZIL, MAZDA’S CRX COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN AND IN CAMPAIGNS FOR GAP, REEBOK, STUART WEITZMAN, REFINERY29 AND NEW YORK MAGAZINE.

 

MARLA IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE BODY AS AN ANIMAL AND MOVEMENT THAT EMBODIES THE SPIRIT OF BEING HUMAN.

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