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.
During the seasons 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 she was an assistant director at the Volksbühne Berlin, where she worked with Susanne Kennedy. 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 2020 she premiered the long durational performance NAME HER. In search for women+, in cooperation with the Ballhaus Ost Berlin, the Kosmos Theater Vienna and the Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2021 NAME HER. In search for women+ was invited to the 58th Berliner Theatertreffen. In June 2021 her adaptation of The Tin Drum premiered at SchauspielKöln.
Since 2019, she additionally 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.