graduated from Bard College, New York, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Performance. She additionally holds a diploma in directing from the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch“ in Berlin. From 2016-2018 she was a recipient of the Deutschlandstipendium.
During the seasons 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 she was working as an assistant director at the Volksbühne Berlin, where she worked on pieces such as Susanne Kennedy’s Women in Trouble and Coming Society. In 2017/2018 she also performed in Jérôme Bels The Show Must Go On at the Volksbühne Berlin.
In 2018 her directing diploma project To the Lighthouse based on the novel by Virginia Woolf was premiered at the Volksbühne Berlin. The piece was invited to the newcomer festival Körber Studio für Junge Regie 2019 in Hamburg at the Thalia Theater. In November 2019 she premiered her lecture performance There have always been kings AND queens, based on her written part of her diploma project on the absence of the historically female canon in the German speaking theater world. In September/October 2020 the long durational performance NAME HER, co-produced by the Ballhaus Ost Berlin, the Kosmos Theater in Vienna and the Münchner Kammerspiele, premiered in Germany and Austria.
Additionally, she runs an online project called #womenwhoshouldnotbeforgotten which focuses on invisible women, as well as curiosities surrounding feminist subjects.
Marie Schleef is particularly interested in texts written by woman that have hardly or never been performed on German speaking stages. She is based in Berlin.