(Editor’s Note: Denise Maroney has been following up on her environmental theatre work in Lebanon originally supported through a Global Connections IN the LAB grant. The video above was recently featured on Al Jazeera, and you can learn more about Denise’s project here. )
Irish- Lebanese by birth and raised between New York and Japan, Denise Maroney’s work is as eclectic and diverse as her background. After graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in Theatre and Middle Eastern Studies, Denise freelanced as a costume and makeup designer in the NYC theatre, fashion and film industry.
In 2009, she founded The (B)IM Project, a site specific theatre company of international and Lebanese theatre artists that create free performances across the country of Lebanon. (www.thebimproject.com)
To date, (B)IM has performed in public streets, hospitals and abandoned train stations in 27 locations across Lebanon. Maroney is the recipient of a TCG Travel Grant (2009) and the TCG Global Connections Grant (2011).
In addition to her work with (B)IM, Maroney recently completed a residency at the Textile Arts Center in NYC, where she focused on embroidery and contemporary Islamic fashion. Her first exhibit- an installation of hand embroidered, silk organza & chiffon Afghan burkas- took place in July 2011 and was invited into the Brooklyn Museum’s Feminist Art Archive. (www.denisemaroney.com)
The Global Connections program was designed by TCG and is funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more here.