Mollye Maxner

Acting and MovementDivision of Liberal Arts

Mollye Maxner

Mollye Maxner is a director, choreographer and maker of original movement-theater work. An adjunct faculty member in the School of Drama, her work has been produced in the United States, Turkey, Taiwan, Germany and the Republic of Georgia. 


  • Her movement/theater work, “Still Life with Rocket,” premiered at Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C. in June 2017 and was performed at UNCSA in April 2019
  • Director of “The Last Five Years” at the Cabrillo Stage; “The Trojan Women,” “The Way of the World” and “Winter’s Tale” at the Franklin Stage Company; and “Mary’s Wedding” and “Master Harold and the Boys” at Kicking Pig Production
  • Original work, “Reading by Lightning,” premiered in NYC in 2007
  • Served as Assistant Director for the Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2010 and for Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in 2008
  • Assisted UNCSA alumnus Jeremy Skidmore on the Helen Hayes Award-winning production of “Angels in America: Millenium Approaches” in Washington, D.C. at the Forum Theater, 2009

Career Highlights

  • Conceived, directed and co-wrote (with Nancy Bannon) “Occupied Territories,” which was recognized with six Helen Hayes nominations, receiving the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography
  • Spearheaded the Silicon Dance Project, the first-ever collaboration between the Ankara State Opera’s Modern Dance Company and an American theater company in 2002. The project toured to Turkey, Massachusetts, New York City, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.

Awards, Recognitions and Honors

  • Recipient of a Faculty Leadership Grant from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
  • Recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at Kennedy Center
  • Recipient of a choreography grant from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County for the creation of a new movement work inspired by Fugard’s “The Island”
  • Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in Choreography
  • DanceWeb Europe Scholarship for Vienna’s ImpulsTanz Festival


B.F.A. DirectingUNC School of the Arts

B.A. Choreography and PlaywritingMount Holyoke College