Chairman of the Board
Stephen Marion is a playwright, producer, and the founder of Farmville Pride. He was born and raised in Farmville, VA. He left in 1999 to pursue a BA at Bard College, where he was mentored by Chiori Miyagawa and Dominic Taylor. Two of his plays were produced in this time: “blue moon: (true),” directed by Marya Mazor and “wide awake in grey,” directed by Anne Kaufman. “blue moon: (true)” was later brought to the London stage, directed by Crichton Atkinson, at the Finborough Theater in August of 2004. Marion would later collaborate with Atkinson on “Narrator” which premiered at the Paradise Factory in New York, December of 2008. Marion left the Hudson Valley in 2005 to pursue a MFA at California Institute of the Arts, where he was one of two playwrights admitted to the Writing for Performance program and studied for one year under Erik Ehn. After leaving the program early, Marion went on to develop a career producing Blu-ray and DVD menus at Drissi Multimedia and Deluxe Digital Studios in Los Angeles from 2007-2011. During this time, he produced menus for hundreds of titles, including: How I Met Your Mother (Blu-ray and DVD), Glee (Blu-ray and DVD), Thelma and Louise (Blu-ray), Blood Simple (Blu-ray), Fargo (Blu-ray), Raising Hope (DVD), and Crazy Heart (Blu-ray and DVD). In 2011, Marion left to work in the Technical Service group at Twentieth Century Fox, where he was a Senior Manager and oversaw the mastering of all acquired titles, such as: Cake, Wrong Turn 6, and Get the Gringo. After being hit by an automobile while crossing the street in Los Angeles in November 2016, Marion, after extensive rehabilitation, moved back to Farmville, VA in November of 2017.
Upon returning to Farmville, Marion searched for an LGBTQ+ organization in the Southside Virginia area. Finding none, he created Farmville Pride as a MeetUp group on April 20, 2018. The first meeting had no other attendees besides Marion and his parents. The second meeting in May was far more successful and would begin the now thriving Facebook group. Marion is currently the Chairman of the Board of Farmville Pride and is hoping to expand the group by creating a Diversity Center in Farmville, VA in the near future.