Marcia trained as an actor at The Drama Centre in London, England, and began her career at the Royal Court Theatre creating the role of Gila in Not Quite Jerusalem before working in a number of regional theatres and at London’s Tricycle Theatre in Tap Dance on a Telephone Line. In North America she has appeared at: The Stratford Festival; The Kennedy Center, on Broadway, at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Arena Stage, Buffalo, The Citadel Theatre Edmonton, Theatre Plus, Toronto; ATP, Calgary; Stage West, Theatre Calgary; and Neptune Theatre in such roles as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Madame de Tourvel in Les Liasons Dangereuses; Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Anita in A Small Family Business; Teresa in How the Other Half Loves and Rita in the Canadian premiere of Educating Rita-as well as numerous TV, radio and commercial appearances.
Her first foray into play writing was in the early 90’s with the highly successful farce WHO’S UNDER WHERE? (co-written with Doug Hughes) which has since received more than one hundred productions in eight countries and five languages. Also in partnership with Mr. Hughes, she penned the popular whodunnit A PARTY TO MURDER which premiered in 1996 and has subsequently enjoyed numerous productions in Canada, the U.S and the U.K. and, a period-comedy entitled TOO MANY COOKS, which premiered in 2003 and is now available in a French translation. Working solo, Marcia was commissioned to write DISCOVERING ELVIS for Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary in 1997. The play has since been produced a number of times throughout Canada and the U.S. It was translated into French (A LA RECHERCHE D’ELVIS) where it has enjoyed great success in various productions in Quebec and where it won a Les Masques nomination for best new play. Other writing credits include: THICKER THAN WATER, a CBC Radio Drama commission, now a stage play re-titled FOR THIS MOMENT ALONE which premiered at Theatre Aquarius in March 2011 and is published by Dramatists. She has also penned a number of juke-box musical revues that have been highly successful, including POODLE SKIRTS TO PLATFORM SHOES and TOP OF THE POPS- THE BRITISH INVASION! Her screenplay, A BELLY FULL, written with Mary Colin Chisholm, received two Writers First Awards from Telefilm Canada. It is currently under option. Marcia and long-time collaborator Douglas E. Hughes are anticipating the premiere of their new farce, JACK OF DIAMONDS. It opens October 30th 2015 with a stellar cast led by M.A.S.H. star Jamie Farr!
In addition to writing and acting, Marcia is also an accomplished director. Directing credits include: For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Rumors, Annie, White Christmas for Neptune Theatre, Humble Boy, Syringa Tree, The Price, The Diary of Anne Frank for Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Tuesdays With Morrie, Educating Rita, The Diary of Anne Frank for The Segal Centre, Montreal, Ben Elton’s Popcorn, Zadie’s Shoes for ATP, Doubt, Forever Plaid, The Full Monty, The Sound of Music for Theatre Aquarius, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure for The Grand Theatre, Who’s Under Where, Boeing Boeing, Run for Your Wife, Cash on Delivery,Too Many Cooks and See How They Run for Drayton Entertainment. She was honored to have been chosen to lead a new creative team in the re-envisioning of the long-running Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival where she spent 4 seasons. Coming up she will be directing The Secret Annex by Alix Sobler for the Segal Centre in Montreal. Currently Marcia is working on developing a new musical entitled Prom Queen with the talented team of Kent Staines (book), Colleen Dauncy (music), Akiva Romer-Segal (lyrics) and Mary Young Leckie (producer). Watch this space for exciting new developments.