Marion Friedman Young
Marion returned to Princeton in January, 2015 after serving as Executive Director of Art-Reach in Philadelphia, an organization that connects underserved audiences to artists and art events throughout the region. Prior to Art-Reach Marion was the Managing Director of The Civilians, an investigative theater company based in New York. The Civilians worked previously with the Lewis Center teaching a Princeton Atelier in conjunction with the Princeton Environmental Institute that led to the creation of the musical on climate change, The Great Immensity that premiered at the Public Theater in New York in 2014.
Marion is a Princeton graduate, Class of 2000, and earned her M.F.A. in Stage Management from Yale School of Drama. Much of her stage management career was devoted to the work of August Wilson, including the national tour of his final play Radio Golf, seen at both McCarter Theatre and on Broadway and the Century Cycle at the Kennedy Center in DC, where all ten plays were produced in rep in a month-long Festival.
My favorite Lewis Center event ever ...
I have to go back to my student days... (Ok, it's pre-Lewis Center, but I think we can all accept that!) I worked as a stage manager on a production of Cabaret directed by Marlo Hunter and starring the incomparable Todd Barry '00 as the Emcee and Majel Connery '01 as Sally Bowles. It was a wonderful production and solidified my path into stage management after college.
What I'm working on ...
I oversee the administrative and academic activities of the Lewis Center. I get to work with some amazing staff members, extraordinary faculty and guest artists, and collaborate with departments and programs around campus. And of course, then there's that big new building going up across campus that takes up just a bit of my time... When in doubt, feel free to reach out to me with any questions. If I'm not the right person to ask, I can probably tell you who is!
“Marion Friedman Young honored April 1st at The Civilians’ annual benefit” | Playbill, March 12, 2019
“Responsible Stewardship: Grappling With an Artist’s Legacy” | American Theatre magazine, May 2021