Marya Lowry

Marya LowryAssociate Professor Emeritus of Theater Arts



Awards and Honors

  • Brandeis Faculty Forward Professional Development Grant (2019)
  • Artist Residency, Dragon's Egg Studio, CT. 8-day residency to advance my research on the vocal art and practice of lamentation. (2018)
  • Awarded Brandeis Faculty Forward Professional Development Grant. (2018)
  • 10 Best List Boston Theatre 2017, Edge Media Network for "Julius Caesar", actor in production. (2017)
  • 10 Best List Boston Theatre 2017, Jewish Journal for "Julius Caesar", actor in production. (2017)
  • BEST Stage Productions, ArtsFuse, Boston, for "Julius Caesar", actor in production (2017)
  • IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actress, "Lettice and Lovage", Gloucester Stage Company, 2016 (2017)
  • Invited Member, The National Theatre Conference, NYC (2017)
  • Nominated, Best Play 2016, Elliot Norton Award, "Lettice and Lovage", Actor in play, Gloucester Stage Company (2017)
  • Named–"Best Plays of 2015", Boston Globe. "The New Electric Ballroom", Gloucester Stage Company, Actor in Production (2016)
  • Teaching Innovation Grant (2016 - 2017)
  • Winner–2016 Elliot Norton Award, "The New Electric Ballroom", Best Ensemble. Marya Lowry, Actor in the Ensemble. (2016)
  • Nominated, Elliot Norton Award, Outstanding Production, for "The Cherry Orchard", actor in production, Actors' Shakespeare Project 2014 (2015)
  • Nominated, IRNE Award, Best Play for "The Cherry Orchard", actor in production, Actors' Shakespeare Project 2014 (2015)
  • Membership Enrichment Grant (MEG) from the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) (2014)
  • Theodore and Jane Norman Fund Award for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2014)
  • Theodore and Jane Norman Fund Award for Faculty Research and Creative Projects (2013)
  • Broadway World Nomination, Best Play, Small Theatre Category for Actors' Shakespeare Production of "Cymbeline", Marya Lowry, Actor in production (2011)
  • Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Facutly Research and Creative Projects in the Arts and Sciences (2009)
  • Best of Theatre 2007, EDGE BOSTON, All-Female MACBETH, Marya Lowry, title role, Actors' Shakespeare Project (2007)
  • Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Arts Projects. (2005)
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant (2000 - 2001)
  • Mazer Research Grant, Brandeis University (2000 - 2001)
  • Sacher Award, Brandeis University (2000 - 2001)
  • Nominee, Best Supporting Actress, Independent Reviewers of New England, "Racing Demon", Merrimack Repertory Theatre (1998)


Lowry, Marya, Lecturer / Workshop Leader. "Unboundaried Voice: Laughter to Lament." Brown University. April 6, 2019. (forthcoming)

Lowry, Marya, Presenter/Workshop Leader and Participant. "Unboundaried Voice: Levitas to Lament." Inspirations: Roy Hart International Teacher Conference. Malerargues, France. May 14-19, 2019. (forthcoming)

Escaped Alone and Come and Go. By Caryl Churchill and Samuel Beckett. Actor: Roles Vi and Vi. The Gamm Theatre, Warwick, RI, March 2 through 17th 2019.

True West. By Sam Shepard. Actor, Role, Mom. Gloucester Stage Company, August - September 2018.

Julius Caesar. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, role Brutus. All-Female production, Actors' Shakespeare Project, The Huntington Theatre, Boston, Nov. 15 - Dev. 17, 2017.

I Am Lear. By Company Member, Original Devised Theatre Production. Actor and Voice / Text Coach. Boston University School of Fine Arts, June 2017

Lowry, Marya, Presenter and Workshop Leader. "Rock Thy Brain! Shakespeare: Flesh, Blood and Bones." for teachers, actors and directors. Actors' Shakespeare Project. Boston. March 17-18, 2017.

Lowry, Marya. "Elevating Artistry: Expanding the Voice Artist's Tool Kit." NPR, National Public Radio,. Washington, DC. May 31 - June 2, 2017.

Vocal Consultant. "Coriolanus: Fight Like a Bitch,." 12th Ave Arts, Seattle, WA. October 2017.

Lettice and Lovage. By Peter Schaffer. Actor, role Lotte Schoen, with Lindsay Crouse. Gloucester Stage Company, May 13- June 11, 2016. IRNE Nomination Best Supporting Actress 2016.

Richard II. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor. Roles: Duchesses of Gloucester and York, Earl of Northumberland.. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Feb. 15–Mar.13, 2016.

The Tempest. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Role, Prospero. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Dec. 1 2016- Jan. 8 2017.

Lowry, Marya, Co-Presenter. "Michael Chekhov Technique –The Radiating Voice." VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association) 30th Anniversary Conference: Dynamic Dialogues and Connections. Chicago 2016

Lowry, Marya, Personal Vocal Coach for Anna Deavere Smith. "Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education." written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA. Aug. 23 - Sept 17, 2016.

Lowry, Marya, Presenter and Workshop Leader. "Extended Voice and the Roy Hart Theatre Voice Training." Chicago. August 11, 12 2016.

Lowry, Marya, Presenter. "Roy Hart Voice/Ecstatic Voice/Lamentation." One Voice Integrative Theatre Studies Certificate Program. NYC. June 25, 2016.

Lowry, Marya, Presenter/Workshop Leader. "The Un-boundaried Voice – Roy Hart Extended Voice." Boston. August 2015.

Ariadne Auf Naxos. By Georg Benda. (New England Premiere) Actor. Role: Ariadne. Musicians of the Old Post Road, Modern Theatre, Boston; Mechanics Hall, Worcester, April 11,12 2015.

Henry VI Part II. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor. Role: Duchess Eleanor. Actors' Shakespeare Project. Director, Tina Packer, Modern Theatre, Boston, May 13–June 7, 2015.

The New Electric Ballroom. By Enda Walsh. (New England Premiere) Actor. Role: Clara. Gloucester Stage Company, July 23–Aug.15 2015 (*Elliot Norton Award: Best Ensemble).

Lowry, Marya Presenter / Guest Artist. "Ecstatic Voice and Lamentation." Yale University MFA in Acting. Yale University, CT. Jan. 9, 2015.

Lowry, Marya. "Presenter: "Extended Voice in Performance"." MICHA Michael Chekhov International Conference and Workshop Festival. Connecticut College. June 14-19 2015.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter / Training Leader. "Ecstatic Voice and the Roy Hart Voice Technique." Invitational Voice Retreat and Training. The Dragon's Egg Studio, CT. Jan 2-5, 2015.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter / Workshop Leader. "Roy Hart Theatre Voice Intensive." Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) Membership Enrichment. Brooklyn, New York. Jan. 24-25 2015.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter / Workshop Leader. "Vocal Extremes for Actors." The Pearl Theatre Conservatory. New York City. Jan. 11, 2015.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter/Workshop Leader. "Extended Voice." Michael Chekhov International Conference, Workshop and Festival. CT. July 2, 2014.

Lowry, Marya. Vocal Consultant and Coach for Lamentation. "The Trojan Women." Dir. John Houchin, Boston College. Oct.–Nov. 2014.

Hedda Gabler. By Henrik Ibsen. Actor. Role: Julianna Tesman. The Gamm Theatre, RI, Oct. 22–Nov. 30, 2014.

The Cherry Orchard. By Anton Chekhov. Actor. Role, Lyubov Raneveskaya. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Feb, 14 - March 9, 2014.

White Hole. By Joyce Van Dyke. Actor. Role of Nora. Boston Theatre Marathon, Boston Playwright's Theatre, May 2013.

Lowry, Marya. "Extended Voice for Voice Trainers and Singers." ONE VOICE: Integrative Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques. New York City. July 25, 2014.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter / Workshop Leader. "Ecstatic Voice and Lamentation." UCCS Theatre Department. University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. April 1-3 2014.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter / Workshop Leader. "Roy Hart Theatre Voice." Roy Hart Voice Training Intensive. Chicago. May 17-18, 2014.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter, Workshop Leader. "Ecstatic Voice." MFA Actors at Boston Conservatory. Boston, MA. July 3, 2014.

Play On! A One Woman Musical Romp with Shakespeare's Heroines. By Words, Music, Performed by Laura Jo Trexler,. Creative Development and Co-Directed by Marya Lowry. February 27, 28, March 1, 2.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Roels: Duchess / Lucetta/Hostess. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston, December 13, 2012-January 8, 2013.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter. "Shakespeare: Flesh, Blood and Bones." Kennedy Center/ACTF. Hyannis, MA. Feb. 2, 2013.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter /Workshop Leader. "Empathatic Listening through Body and Voice." Songs of My Neighbours Project, A three-country collaborative project - Italy, Poland, Cyprus. Mitos Performing Arts Centre, Cyprus; Centrum Kultur/neTTheatre, Poland; EUFONIA-Astragali Teatro, Italy. December 2 -21 2013.

Deported/ a dream play. By Joyce Van Dyke. Actor: Multiple Roles / Singer. Boston Playwrights' Theatre at the Modern Theatre, Boston, World Premiere March 8-April1 2012.

Song of the Dodo. By Jacob Coleman and Company, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble, an original, company devised theatre production. Marya Lowry, Vocal Trainer in Ritual Lamentation. Performances: Northwest New Works Festival, Seattle June 2012, July 2012 Portland, OR.

Four Quartets: Variations. By T.S. Elliot. Marya Lowry, Role: Actor/Narrator/Singer. Touring Production:The Tank Performance Space, New York City. Oberon Theatre, Cambridge. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Nov.-Dec. 2011

Lowry, Marya, Narrator/Voice Over. "Play It Again" Video. Marjorie Lyons, Director, 2012.

Lowry, Marya, Vocal Consultant for Ritual Lamentation. "Medea." for the Actors' Shakespeare Project. Feb. 2011.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter. "Roy Hart Voice Master Class/Workshop Seminar for professional actors and singers." Boston. June 2011.

Lowry, Marya. "Ecstatic Voice and Lamentation Master Class/Workshop Seminar." for professional Actors/Directors/Singers. Chicago. August 7, 2011.

Lowry, Marya. "Master Class Acting Shakespeare for teachers." Coalition of Essential School Fall Forum National Conferenc. Boston, Nov. 2011

Lowry, Marya. Narrator/Voice Over. Residence LIfe Video. for Boston College. Marjorie Lyons, director, 2012.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter 2-day Shakespeare Training for Teachers. "Shakespeare: A Physical Approach." Actors Shakespeare Project Summer Teacher Institute. August 7-8, 2012.

Lowry, Marya. Presenter/leader 2 -day immersion in Vocal Lamentation for theatre professionals, actors and teachers. "Ecstatic Voice and lamentation." Portland Stage Co. Portland, OR. May 19-20 2012.

CYMBELINE. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Roles: The Queen and Belaria. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston. Nominated Best Play small/fringe theatre, Broadway World 2011, Feb. 9-20, 2011.

Lowry, Marya and Phil Timberlake. "The Roy Hart Singing Lesson: the Core of the Roy Hart Voice Method." VASTA Conference 2011: Vocal Play, Comedy, Improv and Character. Chicago, IL. Aigust 6-10, 2011.

Lowry, Marya, Vocal Consultant and Training coach for Euripides' "Medea". K. Damon, director. DePaul University, Chicago, Euripides. "Lamentation and Greek Screams in Euripides Medea." March 3, 2011.

"He Loved". By Marya Lowry, Original Solo Performance. Invited Performer. Roy Hart International Centre, Malerargues, France, July 2010.

HENRY IV part I (w/ Richard II). By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Roles: Richard II, Worcester. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston, Sept. 29-Nov 21. 2010.

HENRY IV part II. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor. Roles: Canterbury, Lady Northumberland, Ensemble. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston, Sept. 29 -Nov 21 2010.

One Pure Longing: Tahirih's Search. By Erika Batdorff and Company.. Multiple Roles, Actor / Developmental Collaborator. Luminato - Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity, Toronto, Canada, May 3 - June 11 2010.

Divi Zheni Ensemble. Invited Singer, Traditional Bulgarian Singing. The Great Koprivshititsa Folk Festival, Bulgaria. August 2010

Lowry, Marya. "Roy Hart Voice applied to Ritual Lamentation: Seminar / Workshop." "Singing After Roy Hart Symposium on Vocal Pedagogies. Roy Hart Centre, Chateau de Malerargues, France. July 2010.

Duchess of Malfi. By Jn. Webster. Actor. Roles: Julia/Cariola. Midway Studios, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston, 1/8 - 2/1 2009.

Walking the Volcano. By Jon Lipsky. Actor, Multiple Roles. Vineyard Playhourse, Martha's Vineyard, Premiere. June 29 - Aug. 8 2009.

The Company of Heaven. By Benjamin Britten. Marya Lowry, Narrator. Cantata Singers and Ensemble, David Hoose, Music Director, NEC's Jordan Hall. May 2009

The Wrestling Patient. By Kirk Lynn with A Gottlieb, K Pearl. Actor, Role: Riva Hillesum. SpeakEasy, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Forty Magnolias Prod. World Premiere. 3/27 - 4/11 2009, Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts

Lowry, Marya. "Deep Song: A Personal Journey into Ecstatic Voice and Ritual Lamentation." The Voice and Speech Review. Ed. Cook, Rena (2009): 114-124.

Let Me Down Easy. By Anna Deavere Smith, performed by Anna Deavere Smith. Marya Lowry: Production Vocal Coach. American Repertory Theatre, 2008

Lowry, Marya, Personal Vocal Coach to Anna Deavere Smith. "Let Me Down Easy,." Created and Performed by Anna Deavere Smith, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA Aug.- Sept 2008

Love's Labours Lost. By Wm. Shakespeare. Voice and Text Coach. Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2007.

Macbeth. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, title role, (All-Female cast). Actors' Shakespeare Project, Boston, 2007.

Twelfth Night. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Role, Olivia. Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2006.

Hamlet. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Role, Queen Gertrude.. Actors' Shakespeare Project, Strand Theater, Boston, 2006.

Julius Caesar. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Roles, Portia / Masala. Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2005.

The Olive Grove. By Gary M. English. Actress, For,. Founders' Theatre, Lennox, MA, Shakespeare & Company, 2006.

Richard III. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor: Role, Duke of Buckingham. Actors' Shakespeare Project, 2004.

Henry V. By Wm. Shakespeare. Actor, Roles, Chorus and Mistress Quickly. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, 2002.

Lowry, Marya. ""Giving Voice to Your Hunger" and "Breath Support Series with Straw"." The Complete Voice and Speech Exercise Book and CD. Ed. Janet Rogers. NY: Applause Books, 2002

With Voice Raised. By Flaherty and Ahrens. Featured Narrator. Boston POPs, Keith Lockhart, conductor, Symphony Hall, 2000.

Lowry, Marya co-author, Walsh, Robert. "Voice and Combat - A Conversation." The Voice in Violence: and other contemporary issues in professional voice and speech training (2000).

With Voice Raised. By Flaherty and Ahrens. Featured Narrator. Boston Pops, Keith Lockhard, conductor, 1999.

Man And Superman.. By GB Shaw. Actor, Role: Mrs. Whitfiled. American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Medea. By Georg Benda. Role, Nurse, with Claire Bloom. Symphony Hall, Handel & Haydn Society, 1995.