Marjie is an actor-dancer-singer in New York City. In January 2018, she created, produced, and starred in her solo cabaret debut honoring Judy Garland, What Would Judy Do?, directed by Michael Pesce, at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in downtown Manhattan. After a successful sold-out premiere, she brought the show home to Minnesota in September and October 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. Twice this year, she was the featured jazz singer at events at the Museum of the City of New York and is currently playing Judy Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at La Comedia Dinner Theatre in Ohio. Marjie has previously assisted choreographer Brandon Powers with movement on several productions, including Arden/Everywhere: The As You Like It Project, directed by Jessica Bauman at BPAC; the 2017 New York Musical Festival production of The Goree All-Girl String Band, directed by Ashley Brooke Monroe; and as the Associate Choreographer and a featured dancer on the upcoming feature film What Are We?, directed by Jonah Feingold. She has performed in three original immersive productions in New York, including Kerrigan-Lowdermilk's The Bad Years, and in a core season production at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. 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 began performing at a young age in northern Minnesota and took her dreams to the East Coast to earn 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 the Communications Coordinator for the Manhattan-based law firm Reavis Page Jump LLP 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. In May and June 2018, she taught musical theatre and helped lead an arts camp and performance series for children at Shanti Bhavan Children's Project outside of Bangalore, India, with nine other ASTEP volunteers.