MAGGIE CINO is a theater artist and storytelling coach living in Brooklyn, NY.
She recently directed and devised Lost Adult: Answers to Any Name (From the McSweeney’s Internet Tendency essays of author Dan Kennedy) which was nominated for Outstanding Performance Art Production by the 2018 New York Innovative Theater Awards. Her environmentally staged production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters won two 2017 NYIT Awards and was nominated for two more, including Outstanding Revival of a Play. Time Out NY gave the production three stars and lauded her for “bringing the audience into this world of the idle rich. The cast's performances mine the often-overlooked comedy inherent in Chekhov, evoking an Arrested Development circa pre-revolutionary Russia.” She also directed the world premier of Bonedive Scrounger at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. Outside of New York she directed and developed Stephanie Peirolo's Disclosure at 18th and Union in Seattle as well as Elisa Korenne's The Tenth Muse at the Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Her plays include: Warm Enough for Swimming, a four character dramatic comedy about death, coffee and the financial crisis (FringeNYC Encore Series, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist); Decompression, a nine character farce about Bushwick, Burning Man and the randomness of fortune (FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award for Playwrighting, Chain Theater Minor Variations Series); and Ascending Bodily, a one character short surrealistic romance featuring teeny tiny llamas and eleven handbags (Kraine Theater, Galapagos). Her plays were published by Indie Theater Now and excerpts appear in the Smith & Krause Best Men’s and Best Women’s Monologue series. She is currently working on an apocalyptic drama about infertility and frakking. A nominee for the Doric Wilson Independent Playwriting Award, The Villager called her “A writer of extraordinary versatility and imagination” and Time Out NY says “Cino has a gift.”
As an actress and co-creating ensemble member she has appeared throughout New York City at venues including: Ohio Theater, Incubator Arts Project, and the Public Theater. She recently appeared in Jeff Tabnick's The Intimacy Effect at Vital Joint and Matthew Freeman's In the Great Expanse of Space at the Brick Theater. Professional voice over credits include narration for educational sex ed videos and voices for Todd Solondz’s Life During Wartime.
A former Senior Producer for the Peabody and MACEI award-winning organization, The Moth, Maggie served as lead director at nationally and internationally renowned venues including Lincoln Center, BAM, and the Sydney Opera House, as well as festivals including The Aspen Ideas Festival and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. The many stories she directed and developed are featured on the Moth Radio Hour and in their New York Times bestselling books.
Currently, she is working as a freelance writer, director and narrative coach with individual artists such as Ophira Eisenberg and corporate clients such as WW (formerly Weight Watchers).
She is a Brick Theater Master Mason and an Indie Theater Person of the Year.