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.
by Bailey Williams
Clubbed Thumb Winterworks
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
Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, Ghostlight Theater Camp, Oakland, ME
The Reservoir by Jake Brasch, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York, NY