Marti Lyons

How to Defend Yourself


Marti Lyons is thrilled to return to Actors Theatre, where she previously directed Wondrous Strange for the Humana Festival. Most recently, Lyons directed Kings by Sarah Burgess at Studio Theater, where she also previously directed The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe. Lyons has also directed Witch by Jen Silverman at Writers Theatre, Botticelli in the Fire at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Title and Deed by Will Eno at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías at Victory Gardens Theater, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? at Court Theater, Shakespeare in Love at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Twelfth Night at Montana Shakespeare, Short Shakespeare Macbeth and Short Shakeseare Romeo and Juliet at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and The City of Conversation at Northlight Theater Company. Next, Lyons will next direct Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee at Victory Gardens, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Montana Shakespeare and A Doll's House for American Players Theatre. Lyons received the 2015 Michael Maggio directing fellowship at Goodman Theatre. She is an ensemble member with Gift Theatre, an artistic associate with Sideshow Theatre Company and a member of SDC. For more information, please visit