Starting at the age of 12, Marissa has been involved in the arts industry, mainly interested in theatre. Throughout the years she’s had experience with live theatre, improv comedy, film and touring. She attended York University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Theatre and Performance, with a primary focus on children and education. During her years of university, Marissa volunteered at YPT as a teacher’s assistant during the fall and winter sessions. After University, Marissa worked and traveled in the United States working at two different theatres. She is also the Head of Drama at The Song Spot School of Music and works as an ECA. Filled with a drive and passion for children and youth, she desires to use Drama and creative arts as a source for education and development. With her enthusiastic, bright and outgoing personality, she plans on proving how theatre can go beyond entertainment!
Q&A with Marissa – Summer 2022
What is your favorite part about teaching drama?
My favourite part of teaching is watching children grow in their craft. As an educator, I have the pleasure of nurturing children to reach their fullest potential in addition to exploring their imagination. I also simply enjoy having fun with kids doing games and various activities!
What is your favorite summer time activity?
I love just being in the sun! Every summer my goal is to try something new and explore new places. I enjoy swimming at the beach, camping, bike rides and obstacle courses!
If a play was written about you, what would be the central theme?
The central theme would be focused on evolving into your true self. Each chapter is very mysterious and things seem to be falling apart when they are simply falling into place!
What are you looking forward to most about being in person for Summer?
Physical interaction makes a huge difference in theatre! Being in each other’s presence and building an environment of belonging and engagement!