We are pleased to introduce you to Marie Mahabal, one of the 2020 Season’s RBC Emerging Artists, a program dedicated to the artistic development of young ensemble members.
This is Marie’s second season at The Shaw. Here’s your chance to get to know her better.
Q Which Shaw Festival Company member were you most excited to work with?
A I was most excited to work with Diana Donnelly on The Russian Play (2019). Diana and I sat down for a coffee before rehearsals started to discuss the show and my character and I knew from then I was going to be in for a wild ride. That show is one of the proudest artistic achievements of my entire career.
Q What is your dream role?
A I have a few dream roles. Eliza in Hamilton, and Natasha in Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812. Representation on stage is so important and these shows have been trailblazers for accurately representing humanity and showcasing people of colour in the forefront.
Q What has been your biggest lesson at the Shaw Festival so far?
A Balance, in my work and personal life. During a regular season the number of projects on the go, along with an eight-show week schedule can be gruelling. Knowing when to take time and leave space for stillness is a huge lesson I learned. This pandemic has shown me the beauty of stillness and calm.
RBC Emerging Artists are supported by the RBC Foundation.