MARA RICHARDS BIM is the founder of Cry Havoc Theater Company and recipient of the 2018 National Community Impact Award from Theatre for Young Audiences/USA. Mara’s Dallas directing/devising credits include Cry Havoc’s Committed: Mad Women of the Asylum (July 2021); Once Upon a Moon (January 2021); Endlings (October 2020); Crossing the Line (July 2019, co-directed with Tim Johnson); Babel (July 2018); Sex Ed (March 2018 workshop performance); A History of Everything (January 2018), The Great American Sideshow (August 2017); Shots Fired (January 2017 and July 2017, co-directed with Ruben Carrazana); Shut Up and Listen! (January 2016) and The (out)Siders Project (August 2015).
Mara is a recipient of 2018 and 2019 Special Projects Grants from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs for public art installations to accompany Cry Havoc Theater Company productions.
In 2019, Cry Havoc was named “Best Thing to Happen to Local Theater” by D Magazine, and the company’s production of Crossing the Line received three D-FW Theater Critics Forum Awards including Best New Play or Musical, Best Performance by an Ensemble, and Best Directors (Mara Richards Bim and Tim Johnson). In 2018, Cry Havoc received three Forum Awards including Best New Play or Musical (Babel), and a special citation to Mara for “conducting thorough research and creating compelling verbatim drama.”In 2020, KERA and NPR released a five-episode podcast about the company’s 2018 production of Babel.
Prior to founding Cry Havoc, Mara held staff positions at Dallas Theater Center (Dallas), The New Victory Theater (NYC), MCC Theater (NYC), and The Joyce Theater (NYC). She holds a BFA in Drama and an MA in Performance Studies from New York University, and an MSEd in Educational Theatre from The City College of New York. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theological Studies degree at Southern Methodist University.