Marcela Lorca became artistic director of Ten Thousand Things in June 2018, assuming the reins from founder Michelle Hensley.
Lorca has built a national reputation as a theater director since moving to this country from Chile in the mid 1980s. She has directed numerous shows at the Guthrie Theater, where she was on staff for more than 20 years. She also served as the Guthrie’s Director of Company Development, overseeing the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training. She also worked as movement director/choreographer for the Guthrie where she choreographed more than 20 plays and coached movement for more than 150 shows.
Her directing credits include Disgraced at the Guthrie, McCarter Theater and Milwaukee Rep; The Count of Montecristo at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Scorched at Syracuse Stage, Caroline; Or Change at the Guthrie and Syracuse Stage; Crimes of the Heart, The Burial At Thebes, and The Secret Fall of Constance Wilde at the Guthrie; House of the Spirits and Found at Mixed Blood Theater; Blood Wedding at the Guthrie Lab and Missouri Repertory Theater; and The Clean House at Juilliard Drama School.
Her choreography has been seen at the Guthrie, Washington Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. She has taught at New York University, Juilliard Drama School, and the London School for Performing Arts.
Lorca was born and raised in Chile, where she earned her degree from the Universidad de Chile and joined the dance theater troupe Grupo del Centro. In addition to her work with regional theaters in the U.S., she has worked in the Dominican Republic, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and Europe.