Maeli Goren is a multidisciplinary theater artist and a Chicagoland native. Raised by Chicago and New York Jews, Louisiana/Arkansas/Texas Presbyterians, an atheist grandfather and his partner Phil in San Fran, professors and preachers and painters, stuffed animals and real horses, she believes humans contain multitudes. She is an Artistic Associate of the nationally recognized 16th Street Theater, creating new work that amplifies underrepresented voices. Eternally flabbergasted by the wisdom of children, Maeli is also a Core Ensemble Member and Facilitator at Imagination Theater, a touring company that uses participatory theater to address social issues with young people, and an Artistic Associate at Barrel of Monkeys, a company of professional artists collaborating with student playwrights throughout Chicago. She teaches with theater companies throughout Chicagoland and is currently in residence at Piper Elementary School in Berwyn, IL with support from an Illinois Arts Council Agency StARTS grant.
Maeli earned her AB in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) with certificates in Theater and Brazilian Studies. Her two theses received the highest awards offered by the Program in Theater and the Department of Comparative Literature. She has enjoyed collaborations with Princeton Summer Theater, Manton Avenue Project, and Trinity Repertory Company/Rhode Island Latino Arts out east and with Chicago Dramatists, AstonRep, The Prop, and Redtwist in Chicago. Maeli is a Yale School of Drama MFA Directing Candidate of the class of 2021 and will begin her training in fall of 2018.
Awards & Recognitions
- 2015 Robert and Lynne Fagles Senior Thesis Prize for Best Senior Thesis in Translation or Creative Writing, Princeton University
- 2015 Francis Lemoyne Page Book Prize for Distinctive Achievement in Theater, Princeton University
- 2015 Outstanding Senior Creative Thesis in Theater, Princeton University