Discipline: Theatre – libretto

Marisha Chamberlain

Discipline: Theatre – libretto
Region: Hastings, MN
MacDowell Fellowships: 1979, 1982

Marisha Chamberlain writes poems, novel-length fiction, plays, and texts for music such as song cycle lyrics and opera libretti. Her debut novel, The Rose Variations, was published by Soho Press (February, 2009). Her plays have been staged all over the world: in South Africa, Germany, Australia, Turkey, Britain, and Canada as well as in the United States. Scheherazade, a stage play, won the Dramatists Guild/CBS Regional and National Awards and in its teleplay version was broadcast across the United States and screened at the British Film Institute Festival. Her stage adaptation of Little Women was premiered by the Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis and subsequently produced by the Stratford Ontario Festival Theater, Stage One of Louisville, KY, and Kansas City Repertory Theater. Her ballet, The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes, was toured nationally by the Children’s Theater Company. Powers, her book of poems, was published by New Rivers Press. She has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller, Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Foundations and has been artist in residence the Anderson Center and the Rockefeller Foundation Center at Bellagio.



Marisha Chamberlain worked in the Schelling studio.

Marian Nevins MacDowell funded construction of this studio the year that the organization was established and the first artists arrived for residency. It was called Bark Studio until 1933, when it was renamed in honor of Ernest Schelling, a composer, pianist, and orchestral leader who served as president of what was then called the Edward MacDowell…

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