Co-Director – Mary C. (Mimi) Huntington began her involvement with Girl Talk Theatre in 2008 while still the artistic director of The Nora Theatre Company, a professional theater company in Cambridge. She had recently read an article in the Boston Globe about then newly formed Girl Talk, with its mission to empower marginalized women through the art of theater. Because The Nora’s mission included promoting work that championed the feminine voice, she believed a collaboration with Girl Talk would be an exciting way to further the expressions of women’s experiences. For the next several years, the women of Girl Talk Theatre presented their shows at The Nora, participated in talkbacks with audiences and actors from Nora productions, and attended Nora shows.
Mimi began her theater career as an actress, playing in Off-off Broadway, regional, and summerstock productions, and singing in nightclubs in New York City. She apprenticed in theater at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Barn Theatre in Augusta, MI, and became a member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, in 1977. After earning an MFA from Brandeis University, she founded The Nora Theatre Company and held the position of artistic director for 27 years. During her tenure, The Nora staged 74 productions including 38 Greater Boston, New England, or World premieres, and earned seven Elliot Norton Awards, five IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards, and inclusion in many year-end “Best-of” lists. Mimi is one of the leaders in the development of Central Square Theater, a state of the art theater facility, and home of The Nora and Underground Railway Theater. She has served on the boards of StageSource, a service organization for the Boston-area theater community, and the Central Square Business Association; and is the past president of NEAT, the Producers Association of New England Area Theatres, and the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, on whose board she continues to serve. In June 2013, she received the StageSource Theatre Hero award for her service to the Greater Boston theater community.
Mimi continues her work in Girl Talk through assisting Stephanie Cotton-Snell in the weekly Girl Talk theater classes, developing scripts with the women of Girl Talk, and co-directing the productions which are presented in venues throughout the Greater Boston area.