director of theatre,
live art, opera, film








Dara Malina headshot

Dara Malina is a director of theatre, performance, opera 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. Currently, she is continuing development on an opera adaptation of Clarice Lispector’s THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. (Mabou Mines RAP 2019) with composer Lacy Rose. In 2020, she received a grant with playwright Alexis Roblan from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre to premiere Roblan’s play, SAMUEL, which will premiere as an audioplay/visual installation in Summer 2021. Recent work: ENDOGAMY (Ensemble Studio Theatre), MEASURE FOR MEASURE (LIU-Post), MACHINAL (Pace), LACY ROSE & THE STARTLING QUARTET (HERE), WILL THEY PLAY GOLF ON MARS? (Dixon Place). MFA, Columbia University School of the Arts. Member: Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges Jam.


Upcoming Projects

The Passion According to G.H. promo image

Composer Lacy Rose & I have been adapting Clarice Lispector’s 1964 novel, THE PASSION ACCORDING TO G.H. into an opera. It's about a woman who encounters a cockroach while cleaning her home, tastes the white stuff inside of the crushed insect, and has an existential awakening. We began working on the piece in 2019 at Catwalk Artists Residency and Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program. Throughout 2020, Lacy has been hard at work composing the rest of the piece.

Samuel - a new play by Alexis Roblan, directed by Dara Malina

July 22nd - August 14th @ The Tank

Playwright Alexis Roblan and I received a grant from the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre to premiere Roblan’s play, SAMUEL. We are transforming the piece into an audio play / visual installation to be presented at The Tank July 22nd to August 14th at The Tank. Equal parts absurd humor and deep-seated existential dread, SAMUEL is an audio-visual experience exploring family, trauma, and the shifting nature of memory / reality.


Selected Works





Directing – Classics, Published Works & Adaptations (Selected)

Measure For Measure

William Shakespeare

LIU-Post Theatre Company


Sophie Treadwell

Pace University

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Acting Manitou (Oakland, ME)

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

New Year’s Eve

Donald Margulies

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Directing - New Plays (Selected)


Will Arbery

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Will Arbery

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Alexis Roblan

Dixon Place

Samuel (staged reading)

Alexis Roblan

Judson Church

The Andrew Play (staged reading)****

Alexis Roblan

Episcopal Actors Guild

Live Essay

Daaimah Mubashshir

American AF Festival, New Ohio Theatre

Everday Afroplay

Daaimah Mubashshir

The Bushwick Starr

Structure/Race (workshop)

Jillian Walker


Zola’s Laboratory (staged reading)

Robert Lyons

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Ryann Weir

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Lost Einstein

Christina Quintana

Ensemble Studio Theatre


Will Arbery

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


Leah Nanako Winkler

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Shame: A Parable

Alex Borinsky

Ensemble Studio Theatre

Big Easy Death Party

Mariah MacCarthy

Ensemble Studio Theatre

50 Foot Drop

Will Snider

Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Protégé

Caitlin Bebb

Exponential Festival, Chez Bushwick

Time Out New York: The Sex Issue

Drew Lewis

The Tank

Stockholm Syndrome

Monet Hurst-Mendoza

The Tank

Green Dot Day

Carey Crim

Samuel French OOB Play Festival

Lights Outside: Episode 2

Tommy Smith

#serials @ The Flea

Things I Never Learned In Physics

Laura Zlatos

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater


Hannah Bisewski

Signature Theatre

Yeah Girl, Whatever

Elizabeth Irwin

Dramatic Question Theatre/ART-NY

I Love Dead Things

Caitlin Saylor Stephens

Dixon Place


Liza Birkenmeier

BoCoCa Arts Festival

Plight of the Apothecary

Liza Birkenmeier

Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Devised Work (Selected)

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 on Clarice Lispector at Columbia University

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

Music, Opera & Opera Films

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)

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

*Winner Best Show

**Recipient of an Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant

***Included in Ugly Duckling Press Emergency INDEX 2015

****Winner, The Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award