Born in Toronto, Marina Gomes is a storyteller who aspires to create work that is innovative, thought provoking and entertaining! A graduate of the University of Windsor, with a BFA-Acting degree, Marina is excited by how theatre can create community. She feels fortunate to be working as an Artist Educator with Young People’s Theatre, Soulpepper and independently throughout the GTA. Marina was recently nominated for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Ensemble for the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for her work in Eraser. Marina enjoys performing original work, especially for young audiences, throughout Canada and is continually interested in discovering the unique beauty in Canadian art.
Q&A with Marina
Name your favourite YPT production:
My favourite YPT production is Jacob Two-Two meets the Hooded Fang in 2003. The reason that this is my favourite production is because I remember watching this show as a child and deciding that not only did I for sure want to become an actor, but I also wanted to work at YPT. The characters were some of the most remarkable I had ever seen and I wanted a chance to play them.
Describe your favourite Drama School memory.
This is an unfair question, it’s so hard! If I have to choose, I think it would be the time in the Gr. 1-2 class when we were creating character bodies. The students were in groups by genre and creating characters that would belong to those stories. They had worked so hard, that I thought I would provide some music for their ‘character show’ but the Bluetooth wouldn’t connect. As I apologized to the class, they told me that it was ok because they would rather create the sounds themselves. It was spectacular! We had a mini-rehearsal then every group had their own soundscape made by the other students. YPT students are brilliant!
What would the central theme of a play written about you be?
I have to say, I have a terrific family and some amazing friends, all of whom are quite brave and adventurous. So, if there was a play written about my life, of course they would be in it! The theme then would be family and adventure!
As the 2019/20 Season theme is the Seven Ancestral Teachings, what is something you appreciate about Toronto and why?
What I love most about Toronto is that there are so many different people doing so many terrific things. I think that the world is in a very scary place right now, but I find that everywhere I go in this city I meet people who are going the extra mile to make a difference. It is these courageous and loving people who are doing their best to make this world a better place to live in that makes me feel incredibly appreciative to be in this city and gives me so much hope for our future.