Marya Cohn

Lecture: Working with Actors
Tuesday, April 26: 9 – 10am
Noble Lounge

We will talk about the process of working with an actor to create a character, and explore how to analyze a scene to help actors bring it to life and make specific and interesting choices. We will also watch some scenes from great actors working with great directors for inspiration for Part 2.

Workshop: Working with Actors
Wednesday, April 27: 3:30 - 5:15pm
College Hall Chapel  

In Part 2, we will work in small groups to put a scene on its feet and discuss the process.


MARYA COHN is the award winning writer/director of the feature film, The Girl in the Book, starring Emily Van Camp and Michael Nyqvist. Her short film, Developingstarring Natalie Portman and Frances Conroy, screened at Sundance, won grand prizes at the Belgian Festival Mondial du Cinéma de Court Métrage and the St. Petersburg Message to Man Film Festival, and aired on The Sundance Channel and Channel 13’s Reel NY. She has directed plays at The Here Theater, Rattlestick Theater, Dixon Place, Vital Theater, HB Playwrights’ Foundation and Theater, The Women’s Project, New Georges, NADA 45, and the playwrights’ unit at EST. Marya also teaches screenwriting. She received her MFA from NYU’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television and her BA from Harvard University, where she won the Louis B. Sudler Award for Achievement in the Arts.