Marjie is an actor-dancer-singer in New York City. In 2018, she created, produced, and starred in her solo cabaret debut honoring Judy Garland, What Would Judy Do?, directed by Michael Pesce. After a sold-out premiere at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in downtown Manhattan, she brought the show home to Minnesota and performed to more sold-out audiences at Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater in Minneapolis and The Reif Center in Grand Rapids, hometown of both she and Judy. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Judy’s passing, Marjie will perform the show one more time in New York City at the Laurie Beechman Theatre on September 18 and 20, 2019.
Marjie was most recently seen in the Berkshire Theatre Group production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn, which earned rave reviews. Earlier this year, she originated the role of Ksenia in a new play by Andrey Upenskiy, Apsu at Dusk, at Columbia University School of the Arts, and last winter she played Judy Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Ohio. She has been the featured jazz singer at events at the Museum of the City of New York and has performed in three original immersive productions, including Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's The Bad Years. Marjie frequently assists choreographer Brandon Powers with movement on stage and film productions. She studies acting with Jayd McCarty at The Studio / New York and regularly collaborates with Jennifer Jancuska + The BringAbout to help develop and activate new musicals with a synthesis of movement, instinct, and language.
Marjie earned her B.A. in Dance and Human Rights from Barnard College of Columbia University, where she studied acting with Rob Bundy and Rebecca Guy and worked with modern choreographers Twyla Tharp, Larry Keigwin, Sidra Bell and Katiti King. She also spent cherished time abroad studying performing arts, international politics and language in Senegal, New Zealand and Paris.
Outside of performing, Marjie is a freelance copyeditor and web content manager, and a volunteer teaching artist with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), an organization committed to providing arts education programming to underserved youth in the New York community and around the world.