Marcela Lorca

Marcela Lorca became artistic director of Ten Thousand Things in June 2018, assuming the reins from founder Michelle Hensley.

Lorca has gained national recognition as a theater director since relocating from Chile to this country in the mid-1980s. Beyond her tenure at Ten Thousand Things, she has directed and choreographed productions for renowned regional theaters, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter Theater, The Goodman Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, The Alley Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater, Latte Da, Milwaukee Rep, Syracuse Stage, Kansas City Rep, Mixed Blood Theater, Shakespeare Theater in DC, the Juilliard Drama School, and more.

At the Guthrie Theater, where she served for over 25 years, Lorca made significant contributions as the Movement Director and Director of Company Development. Her impactful direction of Federico García Lorca’s Blood Wedding and Tony Kushner’s Caroline; Or Change were hailed as pivotal moments in theater. Her creative influence extended to choreographing over 20 plays and serving as the Movement Director for more than 150 productions. Additionally, she co-founded and instructed in two esteemed actor training programs: the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training.

Lorca has directed a range of impactful productions for Ten Thousand Things, including Into the Woods, The Sins of Sor Juana, The Winter’s Tale, Thunder Knocking on the Door, The Comedy of Errors, Iphigenia at Aulis, Emilia, Twelfth Night, and co-directed the film Handprints. Critics praised her work, describing Into the Woods as the most moving they had seen and acknowledging her adept direction in The Sins of Sor Juana, which artfully shifted between drama and comedy, English and Spanish, reality and magic. The Winter’s Tale was commended for its sublime staging, while Iphigenia at Aulis was described as a gut-wrenching production that delivered poetic heartbreak. One of the first US productions of Emilia was celebrated as a triumphant production.

Born and raised in Chile and Guatemala, Lorca obtained her Theater Design degree from the Universidad de Chile and joined the dance theater troupe Grupo del Centro. In addition to her work with U.S. regional theaters, she has contributed to productions in the Dominican Republic, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil, and Europe.

In 2019, she was honored with the prestigious 2019 Zelda Fichandler Award.