director of theatre,
live art, opera, film







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Dara Malina is a director of theatre, opera, performance, and film. She often makes politically-driven, art-forward, collaboratively-created or playwright-driven performance, and reinvents classic works while investigating avant-garde movements through a contemporary feminist lens. Most recently, she directed Jake Brasch’s ENDOGAMY and THE RESERVOIR at Ensemble Studio Theater; and Alexis Roblan’s SAMUEL, an audio play and walk-through experience at The Tank, which NY Magazine’s Helen Shaw called, “deliciously lurid.” Dara continues to work with composer/creator Steph Singer on VIOLET DISRUPTION, a new operatic rave experience for survivors of sexual violence; and an opera adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. (Mabou Mines RAP 2019) with composer Lacy Rose. She is a 22/23 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow currently developing COACH COACH with playwright Bailey Williams to be presented in a workshop setting January 2023. In May 2023, Dara directs THE ARTWORK OF THE FUTURE, a new opera by Eric Moe and Rob Handel, produced by Fresh Squeezed Opera. MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts. Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges Affiliated Artist.


Recent Projects

Heavenly Fools

by Amanda Horowitz
Rutgers MFA Playwrighting Program

The Artwork of the Future

A New Opera by Eric Moe & Rob Handel
Fresh Squeezed Opera, New York, NY

Coach Coach

by Bailey Williams
Clubbed Thumb Winterworks

Ongoing Projects

FEEL, immersive rave opera by Steph Singer – Dramaturgy

In Liberated Company, Nehemoyia Young & Joy Havens – Dramaturgy

The Passion According to G.H. opera adaptation with composer Lacy Rose


Selected Work





Directing - New Plays (Selected)

Heavenly Fools

Amanda Horowitz

Rutgers MFA Playwrighting

Coach Coach

Bailey Williams

Clubbed Thumb Winterworks

The Reservoir

Jake Brasch

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Endogamy (audioplay)

Jake Brasch

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Will Arbery

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Will Arbery

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Alexis Roblan

Dixon Place

Live Essay

Daaimah Mubashshir

New Ohio Theatre

Everday Afroplay

Daaimah Mubashshir

The Bushwick Starr

Structure/Race (workshop)

Jillian Walker


What did you learn in school today?

Brittany Allen

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Ryann Weir

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Lost Einstein

Christina Quintana

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Molly, Damian, Martha & Adam

Bleu Beckford-Burrell

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Palm Springs Christmas

Michael Walek

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Two Clowns

Claire Kiechel

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Shame: A Parable

Agnes Borinsky

Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Protégé

Caitlin Bebb

Chez Bushwick

Stockholm Syndrome

Monet Hurst-Mendoza

The Tank

Things I Never Learned In Physics

Laura Zlatos

Rattlestick Theater

I Love Dead Things

Caitlin Saylor Stephens

Dixon Place


Liza Birkenmeier

BoCoCa Arts Festival

Plight of the Apothecary

Liza Birkenmeier

Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Devised/Experimental Work (Selected)

Samuel: an audio/visual experience (play by Alexis Roblan)

The Tank

Trash Happening

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY

Will They Play Golf on Mars?

Dixon Place

Infinite Meat

New Georges Jam, Dixon Place

The Cymbeline Project

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

This is a Protest of What Happened

This is Not Normal Festival at The Brick

edge of nothing

The Clarice Factor Symposium at Columbia

The Post-Structuralist Utopia: Now, With Cats!

chashama | Bushwick Open Studios

Blanche in a Box


Hysteria Project/beautiful women eating cake

chashama | Grace Exhibition Space | Wildlife Gallery

les boudoirs des deux femmes

chashama | Grace Exhibition Space

trans. : an installation piece

Williamstown Theatre Festival


Columbia Stages

Classics, Published Works & Adaptations (Selected)

The Antipodes

Annie Baker

Ramapo College


Eugene Ionesco

Ghostlight Theater Camp

Measure For Measure

William Shakespeare

LIU-Post Theatre Company


Sophie Treadwell

Pace University

Men On Boats

Jacklyn Backhaus

Ghostlight Theater Camp

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Ghostlight Theater Camp

Shakespeare In Love

Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard

Ghostlight Theater Camp

The Hour of the Star (adaptation) **

Clarice Lispector

Connelly Theatre/Columbia Stages


Heiner Müller

Columbia Stages

Uncle Vanya

Anton Chekhov

Columbia Stages

Summer in the Country

Anton Chekhov

Williamstown Theatre Festival

The Elephant Calf

Bertolt Brecht

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Music, Opera & Opera Films

The Artwork of the Future

Eric Moe & Rob Handel

Fresh Squeezed Opera

The Passion According to G.H. opera

Clarice Lispector

Mabou Mines Resident Artist

Mizzi music video

Lacy Rose

The Pleaides Project

Lacy Rose & The Starling Quartet

Lacy Rose

HERE Sublet Series


Ambroise Thomas

The Pleaides Project


W. A. Mozart

The Pleaides Project / Theatrelab

• Arts on Site Performance Party - April 2018

• NY Indie Theatre Film Festival - February 2019

Assistant/Associate Directing (Selected)

Marvin’s Room (substitute AD)

Roundabout Theatre Company

Dir. Anne Kaufman

Maria Stuart (2nd AD)

Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Dir. Ivo van Hove

Mission Drift


Dir. Rachel Chavkin

Elijah Green

The Kitchen

Dir. Andrew Ondrejcak

Caucasian Chalk Circle

PL115/The Chocolate Factory

Dir. Alice Reagan

The Solutions Grassroots Tour

Irondale Center

Dir. Josh Fox

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Dir. Jessica Stone

The Money Show

HERE Arts Center

Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh


MFA Theatre Directing, Columbia University School of the Arts

BA Drama & Art History, Washington University in St. Louis, cum laude (Awarded John G. Jutkowitz Memorial Prize in Performing Arts)

Memberships & Affiliations

2018 - Present Ensemble Studio Theatre Member

2018 - Present New Georges Affiliated Artist

Residencies, Conferences & Workshops

2018-2021   New Georges JAM


Catwalk Arts Residency — Catskill, NY


New Georges Playwright/Director Jumpstart


Creative Capital Summer Intensive


Asylum Arts: International Jewish Artist Retreat – Garrison, NY


Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Observership Program


Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit, Columbia University


INSTED at ITs Festival Amsterdam, International Student Directors Conference – Amsterdam, NL


Williamstown Theatre Festival, Directing Corps – Williamstown, MA


Workshop: Instruction in Devising Theatre Within a Democracy with Rachel Chavkin & TEAM


The Globe Theatre: Acting & Directing Intensive – London, UK

Teaching & Directing at Colleges, Universities & Conservatories

2021-Present   Adjunct Professor, Theatre Directing, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

2022 Guest Director, Ramapo College, Mahwah NJ

2020 Guest Director, LIU-Post, Post Theatre Company, Brookville, NY

2019 Guest Director, Pace University, New York, NY

2019 Guest Director, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2019 Guest Director, Montclair State University New Works Initiative, NJ

2017 18th/19th Century Drama (History and Scene Study), New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

2017 Guest Director, Devised Theatre Production on The First Amendment at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

2017 Modern Drama 1890-1920 (History and Scene Study), New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts

Awards, Honors & Publications (Selected)

2020 Awarded NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre for production of Alexis Roblan’s Samuel

2019 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program

2019 Target Margin Theatre Institute Finalist

2018 Asylum Arts Grant

2015 Ugly Ducking Presse – Emergency INDEX 2015 published The Post-Structuralist Utopia, Now: With Cats!

2014 Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant