MAARIT HARA - PORTFOLIO

chosen acting, writing and improvisation projects

MAARIT+KAITLIN

AM I THE ONLY ONE

A collaboration with Kaitlin Kaufman.


Maarit+Kaitlin are two women at the prime of life who are trapped in a never-ending cycle of loneliness. Am I the Only One is a journey to finding laughter through deep pain. In this three-act genre-bending theatrical mash-up of naturalism, clown, grotesque and the absurd, Maarit+Kaitlin tell the story of six characters who are stumbling perfectly through their desperate, disappointing lives.

Our piece premiered at Dixon Place (2018) and we have performed in different venues around NYC. At the moment we are developing the show.

AM I THE ONLY ONE - SHORT FILM

PERFORMANCE VIDEO LINK

BROADWAYWORLD - FRIDAYS ON ICE

AM I THE ONLY ONE
AM I THE ONLY ONE

PHOTO BY: NELSON LUNA

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AM THE ONLY ONE
AM THE ONLY ONE

PHOTO BY: NELSON LUNA

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AM I THE ONLY ONE
AM I THE ONLY ONE

MAARIT + KAITLIN - NEW OHIO THEATRE NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: JONATHAN PORTEE

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AM I THE ONLY ONE
AM I THE ONLY ONE

PHOTO BY: NELSON LUNA

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GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE

 

A dark comedy and a female revenge fantasy that explores the absurdity of human behavior and sexual relationships. It is an enticing story about a group of women that kill men that don't go down on the women they are sleeping with.

The play is a raw take on female sexual pleasure and the ways that women are conditioned by society to think and speak about sex.

Go Down on Me or Die premiered in NYC at Dixon Place (2018) and a developed version of the play was performed at The Barrow Group Theatre (2019) as a part of their Performance Artist Residency Program.

I am the creator and director of the play as well as one of the actors and writers.

Written by: Maarit Hara & Marina Gasparyan

Directed by: Maarit Hara

 

GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE
GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE

TRAILER 2020

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GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE
GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE

DIXON PLACE 2018

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GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE
GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE

THE BARROW GROUP 2019

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GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE
GO DOWN ON ME OR DIE

TRAILER 2020

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I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY

 

A solo show that uses dark comedy, clown and puppetry to draw an accurate picture of modern society.

 

Tanja, a woman in her thirties, is searching for happiness in the midst of societal pressure. 

I was the performer of the piece and we used devising methods and improvisation to create the material for the script-writing process and clown scenes together with the director and writer.  

The show premiered in Turku, Finland in November 2019. 

 

Directed by: Johanna Parkkinen

Written by: Anita Hartikainen

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PERFORMANCE VIDEO LINK

I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY
I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY

POSTER BY: AIKKU PARKKINEN 2019

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I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY
I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY

KÖYSI-THEATRE 2019 / PHOTO BY: JANNE HYTÖNEN

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I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY
I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY

KÖYSI-THEATRE 2019 / PHOTO BY: JANNE HYTÖNEN

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I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY
I PROMISE TO DIE HAPPY

POSTER BY: AIKKU PARKKINEN 2019

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FRUIT OF THE LOOM -

WOOM TO TOOM

 

A comedy inspired by the documentary series Wild Wild Country (Netflix 2018), that tells the story of a group of actors from the Fruit of the Loom- clothing brand commercials, who have adopted their roles as fruit as their real identities and have formed a fruit cult.

The show explores themes of outsiderness and the loss of one's own identity, as well as the rituals and hierarchies that are typical elements of cult behavior.

 

I am one of the writers and actors of the show. The show premiered in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in January 2019.

 

Directed by: Patrick Keene

PERFORMANCE VIDEO LINK

FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM
FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2019 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM
FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2019 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM
FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2019 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM
FRUIT OF THE LOOM - WOOM TO TOOM

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2019 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT

 

In film people often look to the works of directors who were "before their time" as influential curators of technique who pushed the boundaries of what film could be by turning the commonly held conventions of cinema on their heads. Drawing inspiration from the approach of French New Wave directors, The Art House Improv Movement aims to deconstruct the elements of long-form that we take for granted in an effort to create new techniques and approaches to art.

I am one of the founding members and performers in the group that was formed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NYC (2018).

Directed by: James Dwyer

PERFORMANCE VIDEO LINK

 

 

 

poHa - THE POST HAROLD MOVEMENT

 

An improv show that breaks the Harold improv form and explores it through the lens of experimental and immersive theater. 

I am one of the founding members and performers in the group that was formed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NYC (2017).

Directed by: James Dwyer

VANITY FAIR ARTICLE FEATURING poHa

THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT
THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT

POSTER BY: CLIF HENNING 2018

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THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT
THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT
THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT

UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE THEATRE NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: ARIN SANG-URAI

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THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT
THE ART HOUSE IMPROV MOVEMENT

POSTER BY: CLIF HENNING 2018

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poHa
poHa

DEL CLOSE MARATHON - THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: RAFAEL RAUTHA

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poHa
poHa

POSTER BY:CAITLIN SING 2017

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poHa
poHa

UNDER ST MARKS THEATER NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: SHEM PENNANT

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poHa
poHa

DEL CLOSE MARATHON - THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY NYC 2018 / PHOTO BY: RAFAEL RAUTHA

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HAUNTED:

THE IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS

 

A long-form, narrative improv show honoring (and satirizing) paranormal investigative television shows. 

 

I was a performer in the show during their summer run at the Corn Productions theatre in Chicago in 2021.

 

Directed by: Amber Nettles

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IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS
IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS

CHICAGO READER 2021

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IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS
IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS

POSTER BY: AMBER NETTLES 2021

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IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS
IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS

CORN PRODUCTIONS / CHICAGO 2021

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IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS
IMPROVISED GHOST HUNTERS

CHICAGO READER 2021

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IMPROVISATION

Improv is one of my passions. It is a way for me to connect with other people, express my creativity and have fun. 

I have been performing in different groups since 2011 in Berlin, Helsinki, New York and Chicago.

Examples of groups I have been a part of: Two Tall Women, Kolme Kokeilevaa Naista, Comedysportz, Teatteri Poleemi, the idiots, Angels, Holiday Feast, Two Angry Finns, Mytomaanikot.

TWO ANGRY FINNS
TWO ANGRY FINNS

POSTER BY: MARINA GASPARYAN 2019

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KOLME KOKEILEVAA NAISTA
KOLME KOKEILEVAA NAISTA

2015

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MYTOMAANIKOT
MYTOMAANIKOT

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TWO ANGRY FINNS
TWO ANGRY FINNS

POSTER BY: MARINA GASPARYAN 2019

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

BY EVE ENSLER

I have been producing, directing, and performing The Vagina Monologues in NYC 2016–2018, 2014 & 2015 in Helsinki, and in London 2011 (directed and produced by: Monique Wilson).

The play is a part of V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

 

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

POSTER BY: YEZICA TUTIC 2018

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

SKY FORTRESS NYC 2018

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

EAST15 / LONDON 2011

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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

POSTER BY: YEZICA TUTIC 2018

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PERFORMANCE

I have performed in various projects in collaboration with artists from different fields. 

Most recently in the video piece Äiti Palaa Kotiin (2021) by visual artist Matti Närekangas.  

ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN PREVIEW

ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN
ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN

MATTI NÄREKANGAS 2021

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ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN
ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN

MATTI NÄREKANGAS 2021

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ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN
ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN

MATTI NÄREKANGAS 2021

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ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN
ÄITI PALAA KOTIIN

MATTI NÄREKANGAS 2021

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RESERVATIONS: Meet Me in the Lobby / RESERVATIONS: A Night of One Acts 

 

A series of short original pieces by eleven New York playwrights, bringing an eclectic mix of hilarious and moving work, all transpiring over one fateful day in a trendy Manhattan hotel lobby.

I was one of the actors and writers in the show.

The series was performed at the Kraine Theater in NYC (2017 & 2018).

Directed by: Kerri Sohn (2018) / Quinn Vogt-Welch (2017)

BROADWAY WORLD

RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY
RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY

POSTER BY: MARINA GASPARYAN 2017

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RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY
RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY

KRAINE THEATER NYC 2018

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RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY
RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY

POSTER BY: RU STANSALL 2018

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RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY
RESERVATIONS - MEET ME IN THE LOBBY

POSTER BY: MARINA GASPARYAN 2017

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POLEEMI THEATRE - FENNOVOIMA​ INVESTMENT TEAM

Activist street performance and mockumentary created in collaboration with Greenpeace. The project took a stance against Finnish energy company Fennovoima's contract with Russian state firm Rosatom to build a nuclear power plant on Finland's west coast. 

The street performance was realized in Helsinki and in Oulu, outside, and in shopping malls. The videos were filmed in Finland and in Chernobyl, Ukraine (2014–2015).

 

I was one of the creators and main performers. 

MOCKUMENTARY - YOUTUBE LINK

ARTICLE IN HELSINGIN SANOMAT 

 

FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE
FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE

KAMPPI SHOPPING MALL / HELSINKI 2014

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FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE
FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE

OULU 2015

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FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE
FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE

MOCKUMENTARY / HELSINKI 2014

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FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE
FENNOVOIMA INVESTMENT TEAM - PERFORMANCE

KAMPPI SHOPPING MALL / HELSINKI 2014

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OTHER PROJECTS

THEATRE:

ALIVE TONIGHT - short play / Actor & Writer  / The Barrow Group [ NYC ] / 2017 / Directed by: Stephen Hohendorf
FEWER EMERGENCIES / Actor / Catharsis IV Kiev / 2015 / Directed by: Ritabara Dutta
HELGE'S LIFE / Actor - Helge's Fear / Aika Theater [ Helsinki ] / 2014 / Directed by: Johanna Torasvirta
THE CHERRY ORCHARD / Actor - Ranevskaja / Workers' Academy [ Helsinki ] / 2014 / Directed by: Marjaana Kuusniemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FILM: 

MARIA KALLIO - TV - Series | Co - Star | Jarowskij Finland | Directed by: Laura Joutsi

ONNELA - TV - Series | Co - Star | Zodiak Finland Oy | Directed by: Jaakko Saariluoma

YLE - Brand Film | Bob The Robot Pictures Oy | Directed by: Mika Kurvinen

VUODATUS - Short Film | Lead | Kino Cult Euphoria | Directed by: Eeva Leinonen

SADETANSSI - Short Film | Lead | Uneton48 Short Film Festiva| Directed by: Eeva Leinonen

ISAK - Short Film | Bosslady | Directed by: Eeva Leinonen
NAKED | Co - Lead | Monogold Band Music Video | Directed by: Dana Gerolimatos 

COMMERCIAL: Conflicts available upon request

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

FEWER EMERGENCIES
FEWER EMERGENCIES

HJBRL THEATRE / KYIV 2015

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FEWER EMERGENCIES
FEWER EMERGENCIES

HJBRL THEATRE / KYIV 2015

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HELGE'S LIFE
HELGE'S LIFE

AIKA TEATER/ HELSINKI 2014

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FEWER EMERGENCIES

HJBRL THEATRE / KYIV 2015

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SADETANSSI 2020

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SADETANSSI 2020

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ISAK 2019

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SADETANSSI 2020

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