Maarit Hara - Founder / Artistic Director
Maarit is a Helsinki / Brooklyn based theater-maker, actress, improviser and clown. Born in Helsinki, Finland. She is a founding member of NYC improvisation teams poHa – a performance art improvisation collective from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, The Art House Improv Movement (UCB) and the indie team the idiots. Her other works include being the other half of the clown duo Maarit+Kaitlin, and acting and writing for 2293 Productions’ Reservations at The Kraine Theater for the past two seasons. Her first staged short play Alive Tonight - a dark comedy about her obsession with Rabies, was voted into the Network Theatre Company’s short play festival finals in October 2017.
Maarit received her Master’s Degree in acting from East 15 Acting School in London, UK in 2011, where she trained in the Stanislavsky method. As her final project she created and acted in the monologue piece - Sylvia goes to Paradise – a dark comedy and commentary against bestiality and speciesism, based on Edward Albee’s play The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?. Through this project she realized her passion was to not only act, but to write and to create on the stage as well, and she began working on discovering her voice mostly through one of her biggest loves, improvised theater. Maarit has been performing improv in various teams in Berlin, Helsinki and New York.
Since moving to New York at the end of 2015, Maarit has been working on creating new works as well as collaborations in improvisation and clown. As an artist she thrives from working together with other people, taking risks and going towards fear as she truly believes that is the only way to discover vulnerability and truthfulness.
Maarit is all about laughing at the ridiculousness of human beings (especially herself) and the world we have created. She is a fan of physical expression, dark comedy and experimental theatre.
Currently Maarit is working on her first solo performance that will premier in Turku, Finland in November 2019. Produced by Matkateatteri- the Travelling Theatre, written by Anita Hartikainen and directed by Johanna Parkkinen.
Photos by Liivia Pallas