For the past 20 years Ms McIsaac has concentrated on directing for the stage and is particularly interested in the development of new Canadian scripts. She has consulted as both dramaturge and story editor on several current projects . Recent directorial credits include Brilliant Traces , Old Love, The Hypochondriac, Voices From Beyond The Dark, You Can't Take It With You, Arcadia, The Crucible, Matters of the Heart as well as the Dora nominated Paradise By The River. She also directed her own adaptation of The Outsiders. Marianne is a guest teacher for The Ryerson School of Performance and has directed RSOP graduating classes in The Laramie Project, The House of Bernarda Alba and all six of Walker's Suburban Motel series . She coaches for theatre , film and T.V.
On camera acting roles include a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Robin Spry's feature Suzanne, The Edwin Boyd Story with Scott Speedman, a Gemini nomination for Best Actress in a Series for Norman Lear's The Baxters and a principal role in the soap opera High Hopes (CBC). Guest appearances include Another World (NBC), The Littlest Hobo and Sue Thomas F.B.Eye.
Favourite stage roles include Lenny in “Crimes of the Heart”, Helen in W.O. Mitchell’s “The Kite” with David Fox, “Love Letters” and “Thaiing The Knot”. Marianne has performed at The Toronto Fringe Festival, The Blyth Festival, Factory Theatre Lab, The St. Lawrence Centre, Theatre New Brunswick, Magnus (Thunder Bay), The Gryphon (Barrie) and Theatre Plus to name a few.
Ms MsIsaac holds a BFA in Theatre Performance and trained with Master Teachers Stella Adler and Uta Hagen in NYC.