PRESS & QUOTES





"Marielle Young has taken the part of Aimee, an enigmatic young woman whose presence in Tommy's "flat" removes the flatness from the place and brings mystery, danger, passion and humor into the story... McPherson never lets us know too much about her lest the mystery of the play be too self-revealing... She gives us almost chilling reticence and she provides sweet humor as well."
-J. Peter Bergman's Berkshire Bright Focus Review of The Night Alive at Chester Theatre Company

"Marielle Young is prettier and more innocent-looking than other actresses who have played the part, but, apart from her absorbing and sympathetic performance, this has a reason. We first encounter Aimee as Tommy sees her, and that sticks, in spite of what we learn about her hand-jobs and her life with sleazy Kenneth... Chester's The Night Alive showed the impressive talents of director and cast in realizing an important and far-from-easy play so fully—brilliantly, in fact."
-Michael Miller’s Hudson-Housatonic Arts Review of The Night Alive at Chester Theatre Company

"Aimee, a sometimes prostitute, is a difficult character to like as she is very private, but Ms. Young has found qualities that allow us to understand her. Her performance is subtly textured... The acting is uniformly excellent... His actors bring their characters to life with sensitivity and insight."
-Macey Levin's Berkshire On Stage Review of The Night Alive at Chester Theatre Company

"Ensemble acting of the best kind. His five actors work together beautifully. Aimee... the lovely Marielle Young. There is a memorable scene early on when all three dance around the room to music from the radio with such gay abandon... A tense brilliantly acted last scene about the money is gripping."
-Rex Hearn's Berkshire Record Review of The Night Alive at Chester Theatre Company 

"[The] cast respond[s] with patience and insight. Young's Aimee is a carefully calibrated enigma."
-Jeffrey Borak's Berkshire Eagle Review of The Night Alive at Chester Theatre Company




"Marielle Young imbues the daughter, Emmy, with a fearsome confidence."
-Christopher Rawson’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Review of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

"Emmy is young, enthusiastic, bright and strong. Young does a marvelous job... Top notch actors playing at the top of their game."
-Michael Buzzelli’s ‘Burgh Vivant Review of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

"Young crafts an immensely likeable character out of her cheerful but emotionally distant Emmy, who sees no real need for a parent she never had and looks on major government fraud with the same casual nonchalance with which she discusses dating."
-Greg Kerestan’s BWW Review of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

"Young’s bubbly performance charms... Emmy ends up more calculating than sweet."
-Cayleigh Boniger's Pittsburgh in the Round Review of A Doll's House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

"Marielle Young’s Emmy demonstrates a savviness and assertiveness that connects her to Nora... The ensemble brings the play’s conflicts to life with precise characterization and exquisite comic timing."
-Wendy Arons’ The Pittsburgh Tatler Review of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater

"Marielle Young... is quite the negotiator, she is confident, clear and direct. Emmy knows her mother is nothing more than a stranger and that is the mindset Young uses when speaking to Nora. Emmy is a force, who will not be swayed and like her mother is not afraid to break the law to get what she wants. Young presents Emmy’s rebellion with poise."
-Montaja Simmons’ The MiX247 Review of A Doll’s House, Part 2 at the Pittsburgh Public Theater




"Among the excellent cast, standouts include... Marielle Young as her impulsive, meddling but well-meaning sister Lydia..."
-Steve Barnes' Times Union Review of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Rep

"Marielle Young gives the flighty Lydia Wickham an almost birdlike quality as she flits from one part of the set to another. She is pretty, graceful and most amusing."
-J. Peter Bergman's Berkshire Bright Focus Review of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Rep

"Young is a comic delight as the irritating and wounded Lydia, whose meddling hides a desire simply to be noticed."
-Paul Lamar's The Daily Gazette Review of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Rep

"Lydia Wickham (a poignantly vivacious Marielle Young), whose spouse we never see, cloaks her unhappiness with a bubbly, overenthusiastic persona."
-Roseann Cane's Berkshire On Stage Review of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at Capital Rep




*Marielle Young is named one of "Berkshires Theater's Best Storytellers in 2018" by The Berkshire Eagle for her performance in Mary’s Wedding.*

"[Marielle] Young is true to her surname in playing this role with all the earnestness of youth. She is refreshingly ingenuous. She is also completely natural. Every word she speaks sounds crafted and yet becomes genuine just because she says it. She creates the reality of the dream state through her every movement, every action, every verbalised thought. In the few moments of the play in which I was not thoroughly captured Young still managed to never sound trite or even predictable when I knew what was coming... [Steven Lee] Johnson and Young keep it real right through the conclusion and it is romantically enveloping."
-J. Peter Bergman's The Berkshire Edge Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company

"This show is a tour-de-force for its two fine actors. As Mary, Marielle Young is winning and courageous: a perfect heroine. She strikes just the right blend of ingénue and independence in her character, and is a pleasure to watch onstage. Ms. Young also plays another role in the production: that of officer Gordon Muriel Flowerdew, a historically based character, whose bravery during the last cavalry charge in military history earned him great honor. Her portrayal of this war hero is just as strong and memorable as her Mary; she clearly expresses both Flowerdew’s strength, and the softer side of this soldier’s heart, in the special friendship he develops on the battlefield with Charlie."
-Mary Fernandez-Sierra's In the Spotlight Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company

"Young creates a cocoon of intimacy that makes the audience feel it is part of her dream from start to finish. [She] keeps it all grounded as she reveals what is unfolding in her subconscious, some of it real, some imagined, all from the heart."
-Jonathan Levine's The Pittsfield Gazette Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company

"It is the night before the wedding of a young woman named Mary (a thoroughly engaging Marielle Young)... Flowerdew also is played by [Young] — deeper vocal register and a bit of a swagger... with complete authenticity. The playing throughout is insightful and tender... Young's Mary is [rich] in dimension and depth. In a play that seeks balance between Mary and Charlie, Mary, for me, at least, is the more interesting of the two, especially as she is portrayed by Young."
-Jeffrey Borak's The Berkshire Eagle Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company

"[Young and Johnson] are captivating in their naivete and sweetness. Marielle Young as Mary is open and natural; her every gesture and facial expression exposes an innocent girl's honesty... The chemistry between these two actors as they recreate the hopes and fates of the lovers is palpable and will resonate long after this small but powerful drama leaves Chester Theater Company."
-Gloria Miller's CurtainUp Berkshire Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company

"The two actors are ideal in their roles... Young’s early wistfulness as she begins the tale of her dreams elicits immediate empathy from the audience. She is coy without being obvious as her meetings with Charlie prompts her love for him to grow, but her anguish and anger at his decision to join the cavalry is painful to her and to the audience. His fascination with her is understandable... Their final scene is played so tenderly, the audience was rapt... Ms. Young also plays Flowerdew, changing characters in a breath."
-Macey Levin's Berkshire On Stage Review of Mary's Wedding at Chester Theatre Company




Playbill Article: "Experience What It’s Like Doing Two Shows at Once at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival"

On Hamiltunes at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: "The best night under the tent in 2017. A special thank you to Luis Quintero and Marielle Young for hosting the evening with generosity, talent, and extraordinary charm."
- Sean McNall, Associate Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival




On HVSF and The Acting Company's Love's Labour's Lost: "These eight young actors are the heart and soul of our theater company... The show that they have made... comes so much from them, from their own goofy sense of humor, from their courageous hearts, and their big beautiful and bizarre imaginations, it's a wonder to behold."
- Davis McCallum, Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival




"Music by three fine musicians (on violin, viola and clarinet) who are also members of the acting ensemble helps create the free-flowing vibe."
-Christopher Peterson's OnStage Blog Review of Moritz von Stuelpnagel's Twelfth Night




"Ms. Gunderson is... well served by much of the cast."
-Alexis Soloski’s The New York Times Review of Davis McCallum’s The Book of Will



"The action took a very dramatic turn in... Big Date: the naive Zoe (Sofie Zamchick) is beyond exited about her big double-date with her best friend Ana (Marielle Young), until Ana announces that she'll be returning home the next day to comfort her immigrant parents through the inauguration of Donald Trump... Perhaps the best of the evening, Cary Gitter's script (expertly directed by Colette Robert) struck the perfect balance between comedy and tragedy."
-Opplaud Review of Big Date



"Marielle Young and Sofie Zamchick as Toni and Hope respectively... capture the fear and regret that each of these two friends clearly have."
-Anthony Piccione, Onstage Blog Review of Hazelwood Jr. High



"This petite individual is a powerhouse of a human being... Her talent, energy, and creativity are beyond limits."
-Mary Angello, Artistic Director of Dance Dynamics

"She performed Laura in The Glass Menagerie so thoughtfully, tenderly, and fully... It was stunning work."
-Sandy Faison, Head of Drama at LaGuardia Performing Arts

"Her talent coupled with her tremendous integrity, and passionate commitment to training makes her a standout."
-Barbara Marchant, Head of MFA Acting at Rutgers University and Teacher at the William Esper Studio