Marlene Dickinson is a playwright, songwriter, director, singer, actor, and choreographer who has worked at the intersection of Christianity and theatre for over 40 years. She believes the Lord is the Author of all artistic expression. Marlene is devoted to equipping the next generation of performing artists to contribute to the professional Stage and TV/Film industries with confidence in the Lord and excellence in their craft.
In theatre, Marlene has a life long list of credits producing, directing, choreographing and/or performing in over 50 musicals, revues, and projects for professional theatre, colleges, schools, and conferences, both nationally and internationally. Favorite venues/projects include Indiana Repertory Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Narrator/Joseph and the Amazing…, and Godmother/Cinderella. She traveled Asia, Europe and Hawaii with Operation Appreciation, a USO type outreach to the U.S. military, and has worked on numerous cruise ships.
In ministry, Marlene served as Theatre Arts Director at Church at the Crossing (IN) for 9 years. and toured the US and Canada with Jim Van Hook/Brentwood Music's Bridge. In the TV/Film industry, Marlene was an Atlanta based Commercial actress represented by Alexander White Agency.
Marlene has been married to Curtis Dickinson for 36 years, with whom she co-produced (with some help from the Creator) Lily, 26 - a former NYC actress/singer-songwriter/dancer, and Tommy, 20 - a Film Editor and Light Tech - who has had to sit through more shows than any growing boy should be required.
Marlene believes that raising kids in the business has uniquely equipped her for her current pursuits. Tommy is pursuing film editing in the Atlanta on-camera industry. Lily’s credits include working Off Broadway; the Mamma Mia! National Tour; The Alliance Theatre (ATL) and The Engeman Theatre (NYC.) In 2017, Lily and Marlene co-produced “MotherWorks,” a benefit for at-risk teens featuring Mother-Daughter performing teams, directed by Tony Award winner Shuler Hensley. https://www.broadwayworld.com/people/ShulerHensley
The Dickinsons are active at His Hands church in the Atlanta area. Marlene attended Belmont University, and was a full scholarship recipient and summa cum laude graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Theatre Performance program. She has continued lifelong studies at the Dramatists Guild Institute (NYC), Actors Connection (NYC), Second City Improv (CHI), Upright Citizens Brigade (NYC), Steps and Broadway Dance Center (NYC) and Georgia Ballet (ATL), among others. Marlene is past Chair of the Board and a 25 year volunteer with Christians in Theatre Arts www.cita.org. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Working Title Playwrights, and Nashville Songwriters Association International.