Director, Chicago, Illinois


"Subversive. Provocative and engaging." 
—Time Out Magazine

Photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux

Photo by Joe Mazza at Brave Lux


Marti Lyons

Marti most recently directed WITCH by Jen Silverman for Writers Theater, BOTTICELLI IN THE FIRE by Jordan Tannahill for Woolly Mammoth Theatre and THE WOLVES by Sarah Delappe for Studio Theatre. Marti also directed SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE for the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías for Victory Gardens Theatre, TWELFTH NIGHT for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools, and GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER for The Court Theatre. She also recently directed THE MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX by Bathsheba Doran for Writers Theatre, SHORT SHAKES! ROMEO AND JULIET for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, WIT for The Hypocrites, GIVE IT ALL BACK by Calamity West for Sideshow Theatre, and THE CITY OF CONVERSATION by Anthony Giardina for Northlight Theatre Company. She directed Wondrous Strange, by Meg Miroshnik, Martyna Majok, Jen Silverman, and Jiehae Park for the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, starring the theatre's Apprentice Company, and a reading of Meg Miroshnik's Lady Tattoo for the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory Theatre. Marti has also directed Will Eno’s Title and Deed for Lookingglass Theatre Company and a reading of Martín Zimmerman's On the Exhale for the New Stages Festival at Goodman Theatre where she received the 2015 Maggio directing fellowship. Other projects include Laura Marks’ Bethany, Marks' Mine and Will Nedved’s Body and Blood for The Gift Theatre, where she is an ensemble member; Catherine Trieschmann’s Hot Georgia Sunday and Theresa Rebeck's Seminar for Haven Theatre; Prowess by Ike Holter, The Peacock by Calamity West, and The Last Duck by Lucas Neff for Jackalope Theatre; The Play About My Dad by Boo Killebrew for Raven Theatre; Mai Dang Lao by David Jacobi, 9 Circles by Bill Cain, Maria/Stuart by Jason Grote, and co-directed The Golden Dragon for Sideshow Theatre, where she is an Artistic Associate. Next Marti will direct KINGS by Sarah Burgess for Woolly Mammoth Theatre, SHORT SHAKES! MACBETH for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND by Lauren Yee for Victory Gardens Theater. Marti is a proud member of SDC.