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Marie Osterman

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Marie Osterman (they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist working to unearth community and curiosity through theatre, devised performance, improvisation, and movement. Marie’s generative art combines their classically trained background in theatre-making and their contact improvisation practice with the mission of facilitating intimate, playful spaces. They are based in Los Angeles, working as a performer, movement director, and teaching artist. Marie is also a teacher and passionate member of the Contact Improvisation community, having studied with community leaders in San Diego, Los Angeles, Germany, and Tbilisi.

Their teaching in Contact Improv focuses on accessibility, community-building, emergent strategy, and chaos. Marie’s movement pedagogy draws from the teachings and influences of Nita Little, Konstantinos Mihos, Anna Halprin, Augusto Boal, Dorte Bjerre Jensen, and Mary Peterson. They are a longtime collaborator and associate managing director of Project Nongenue– a queer theatre company focused on centralizing the voices of women and marginalized identities within classical theater and mythology– and a teaching artist for Unusual Suspects and 24th STreeT Theatre.