Artist Bio

Marion McClinton

(Bio as of April 2003)

Marion McClinton most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Gem of the Ocean during the 2002/2003 Season. He has been involved with August Wilson's work for many years, having directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Broadway revival), King Hedley II (Broadway, Tony nomination), Two Trains Running (Center Stage), Fences (Indian Rep, Pittsburgh Public), The Piano Lesson (Penumbra Theatre), Seven Guitars (Pittsbrugh Public, Center Stage), Joe Turner's Come and Gone (Missouri Rep) and Jitney (Pittsburgh Public, Center Stage, Studio Arena, Geva, Goodman Theatre, Mark Taper, Second Stage and the Royal National in London). He also performed the role of Fielding in the 1985 version of Jitney at Penumbra Theatre, where he is a company member. Mr. McClinton is an associate artist of Center Stage, where his recent productions have included Les Blancs and Splash Hatch on the E Going Down. Other directing credits include: Thunder Knocking on the Door (Guthrie, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center); The Coming of the Hurricane (Arena Stage); A Midsummer Night's Dream (La Jolla); Death and the King's Horseman (Syracuse Stage); East Texas Hot Links (Public Theater); TALK (Foundry Theatre); A Raisin in the Sun (Center Stage); Breath, Boom! (Playwrights Horizons/Women's Project). Mr. McClinton is also a playwright, and productions of his plays include Police Boys (Center Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Pittsbrugh Public), Walkers (Hudson Guild), Stones and Bones (Actors Theatre of Louisville) and Who Causes the Darkness? (Penumbra). Awards include two Audelco Awards, Kesselring Prize, Obie Award, Ira Aldredge Award, Jospeh Calloway, an NEA/TCG—Pew Charitable Trust Grant and Drama Desk and Evening Standard nominations. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and the Playwrights Center.

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