Marina Shron is a Professor of Film at Savannah College of Art and Design,. She also teaches Film Theory and Screenwriting at The New School University, NY. Marina holds her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.
Marina is a bilingual writer. She was born and raised in St.Petersburg, Russia. She has lived in New York since 1992. Her plays including "Time and the Beast", "King of Rats", "Christina", "Mitya's Ordeal", and "To Love in Another Language" have been produced at New York theatres such as Soho Rep, New Georges, Here, Playwrights Horizons. Her short film, "The Silent Love of the Fish" (aired on PBS in August 2003), received an Honorable Mention at the Hamptons International Film Festival 2000 and The Best Short Film Award at the Long Island Film Festival 2001. She has served as a Writer-in-Residence at MacDowell Colony, Yaddo and Ragdale Foundation. Marina is a recipient of James Thurber Fellowship in Playwriting (2002), Jerome Fellowship in Playwriting (1998-1999), NYFA Fellowship in Playwriting (1996-1997), and other awards. She co-authored (with Dennis Shasha) Red Blues: Voices from the Last Wave of Russian Immigrants (Holmes and Maier, 2002), and adapted the book for stage (American Place Theatre, 2002). The play, as well as the book, creates an ever evolving portrait of America today -- as seen through the eyes of the Russian newcomers.
As a Fulbright scholar, Marina will lecture at the Academy of Theatre Arts in St.Petersburg, sharing with students her experience as a bilingual writer, and work on a new play, which, she hopes, will bring together and reconcile her experiences – as a writer and a human being -- in both her native and "adoptive" cultures. She strongly believes that drama is born out of the clash of perspectives, and that the cultural, and historical, crossroads is the richest breeding ground for theater.