Obituary: Charles Maryan


Kelsey Tice Nicholson

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Charles Maryan, devoted husband, father, and beloved professor of English, Theatre, and Communications at the University, passed away the morning of Nov. 4, 2018, at the age of 83. He is survived by his wife Lana Maryan and daughter Abigael Maryan.

Born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1934, Chuck grew up spirited and undoubtedly creative. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he went on to train in New York with Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner.

In New York, Chuck directed many Off-Broadway plays, including premieres of “Cantorial” by Ira Levin at Lamb’s Theatre and the Jewish Repertory Theatre, “New York 1937” by Joe Iglesias JRT, Anne Sexton’s “Mercy Street” at the American Palace Theatre, “First Week in Bogota” by Robert Cessna at Playwrights Horizons, Deborah Grace Winer’s “The Last Girl Singer” at the Women’s Project, “The Aunts” by Gary Bonasorte at the 47th Street Theatre, “The World of Wallowitch” conceived with John Wallowitch, and “Algonquin Sampler: a Literary Revue” conceived with Fred Voelpel at the Joseph Jefferson Theater. Charles also was frequently engaged in the world of opera and had directed several New York and world premieres of contemporary operas, many of them for the Center for Contemporary Opera. He directed the world premiere of Nosferatu (Henderson/Gioia), a co-production of Opera Idaho and Rimrock Opera in Montana.

Chuck was in his 24th year of teaching at the University, and had guest-directed or taught at Juilliard, Columbia University, Purchase College, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The O’Neill Theatre Center, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, the Stella Adler Conservatory of the Theatre, City College, and The College of Staten Island.

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Chuck will be remembered fondly by his family, friends, and the University community for his enthusiasm for artistic expression and creativity, as well as his skill as a director. Communications professor Satish Kolluri put it best: “The sudden passing of Professor Chuck Maryan is a huge loss to the department of Communication Studies and Pace University at large. It’s a personal loss too, as Chuck was a colleague I treasured for the gentle and wise presence he brought to the department, the amazing conversations we had on theater and film over the years, and our customary walk together to teach in the mornings at 1 Pace Plaza. Those walks became gradually slower, but his energy and enthusiasm to teach and share his wit and wisdom with students and colleagues never wavered. Waiting for the elevator at 41 Park Row will never be the same again.

We will miss you immensely, Chuck. Rest in Peace.”