Mariel is an actor, creator and producer based in Toronto Ontario. She is the co-founder of Sundown Theatre (Kincardine Ontario) and is an associate artist with bluemouth inc. (Toronto/ Brooklyn). Cover Photo by @banshee
A young woman searches for a way to cope with her mental illness. Currently in festivals
Description: short film
Creative Team: Director & Writer: Emily Lubbers
Featuring: Mariel Marshall, Kadrian Enya and Hayley Dalgleish
Talk to Talk
Meet Yahya, a seven year old from Syria who came to Canada seeking asylum in 2017. Get to know Yahya's family, and hear what it's like to be a newcomer in Canada, why he wants superpowers and how it feels to always be translating between two languages.
Talk to Talk was created by Mariel Marshall, a Toronto based multidisciplinary artist. Special thanks to Mustafa, Mais, Yahya and Mayada for contributing their voices to this project.
This project was created as part of the FIXT POINT Storygathering Workshop in December 2018, made possible with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Description: Digital Storytelling
See the Circus
A devised performance by Yolanda Bonnell, Jessica Lea Flemming, Clare Preuss and Mariel Marshall. Currently in development.
Description: Collective Creation
Description: multidisciplinary performance
Created by: bluemouth inc.
CAFÉ SARAJEVO is an immersive experience exploring the borders that divide and unite us, within the framework of a live podcast. The piece is created and performed by Mariel Marshall, Peter Musante, Lucy Simic and Stephen O’Connell with creative technologist Jacob Niedzwiecki. The piece recently sold out 5 workshop sharings at the 2018 SummerWorks Lab, where it received honourable mention for the Buddies In Bad Times Vanguard Award for risk and innovation.
CAFÉ SARAJEVO follows Lucy on a journey of self-discovery, as she travels to her father’s birthplace, Bosnia. Along the way, we explore divided cities and the notion of “human nature”, asking the question: what causes a nation to divide, and begin to hate the very people and culture who, before the dividing lines were drawn, they saw as their own? Is sectarianism somehow part of our human nature? Or is it something else? As we explore this question, we create intimate moments with story, dance, games, music and video, and perhaps most significantly, by casting audience-participants as characters in the story.
Similar to an audio guided tour, when audience-participants arrive for the show they are given a headset which delivers audio and a pair of binocular-esque cardboard goggles, which display 360° video. They are greeted by performers Mariel, Peter, Stephen and Lucy, and taken to their seats positioned around the edges of a game-board square, taped on the floor. After the audience is introduced to their headset and 360° goggles, we warm them up for the live recording of the show with a wild game of “predator and prey”. During this time, we also suss out which audience members are up for playing larger roles, and cast them as characters in the piece. Then, we set the stage. Dim the lights. Roll the sound. And go live on the broadcast. Mariel and Peter, our show “hosts” introduce audiences to the notion of divided cities and launch us into the story. What follows is a fast-paced, fun, deep and thoughtful exploration about nationalism, racial bias, war tourism and human nature. Live and recorded music underscores the piece, and 360° video footage, which Stephen and Lucy shot on location in Berlin, Croatia and Bosnia, is used to transport and illustrate significant monuments and places along the journey. One particularly resonant 360° video is at the start of the piece, where audiences watch as Stephen stands motionless in grand central station - at the precipice of a journey - while people rush by him, a woman and man embrace, a person talks animatedly on their phone, a child scurries by while a mother chases after.
Liquid Terror Space Camp
An intimate and immersive solo performance exploring the world of drugs, cults and violence.
Synopsis: The spirits of William and Mary, a teenage couple, awaken into a void. As they question where they are, they begin to relive their first meeting at a New Year’s Eve social, the initial giddy courtship and the overwhelming passions of first love. Tuesdays & Sundays was inspired by a true love story that took place in 1887 in the farming community of Margate on Prince Edward Island.
Written by Daniel Arnold and Medina Hahn
Directed by Clare Preuss
Costume Design by Lindsay Woods
Lighting Design & Stage Management by Michelle Ramsay
Featuring: Mariel Marshall as “Mary”
Matthew Power as “William”
Pre-show performances by The Young Company
Tale of a Town Kincardine
A production with FiXT Point
The Tale of a Town Kincardine is part of a nationwide theatre and media initiative aiming to capture the collective community memory of Canada’s main streets, one story at a time. The Tale of a Town toured the country in their “Storymobile” (a.k.a travel trailer-turned-mobile recording studio) and visited small towns and big cities alike, collecting oral histories through interviews with independent business owners, local heroes, community stakeholders, and neighbourhood residents. This national venture will culminate in a multi-platform celebration of the country’s main street culture, in commemoration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
The project was hosted by Sundown Theatre in Kincardine Ontario in 2016, where Mariel Marshall and Allison Broverman collected and produced a short podcast from collected interviews. The following is an episode created by FIXT POINT from the original interviews, and aired on TVO:
Written by Jordan Tannahill with bluemouth inc.
Directed by Jennifer Tarver
bluemouth inc. Artistic Producer Nathalie Bonjour
Assistant Producer Mariel Marshall
Synopsis: Before sunset you board a canoe and row to an island. He is waiting for you on the dock and leads you through the fields and forest clearings until you arrive at a party. You help him get ready for the big surprise – but when it arrives, it’s clear no amount of planning can prepare us for what lies ahead. Limited tickets available – book yours today and make sure you are a part of this extraordinary immersive performance about embracing the unknown.
The Ghost Ship
A Sundown Theatre production.
Synopsis: The story of The Ghost Ship follows a young girl as she struggles to find her way in the world. When a mysterious ship is sighted off the shores of Lake Huron, rumours of ghost ships and pirates send the small-town community into a frenzy. The minister’s daughter Ruth, and her best friend Diana, however, are not afraid. The young women have a stake-out at the beach, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ship. What follows is a gripping tale of courage that will have you on the edge of your seat. With a little adventure, danger and a lot of courage, our heroine emerges as a symbol of empowerment and strength.
Creative Team: Director: Matthew Thomas Walker
Written by: Claire Wynveen
Cast: Mariel Marshall, Adrian Proszowski, Rob Renda and Shaina Silver-Baird
Featuring: The Sundown Theatre Young Company with Kathryn Low, Robyn Mercanti and Aibhlin Mowle
Dramaturg: Matthew Thomas Walker
Music Director: Meredith Zwicker
Costume & Prop Design: Lindsay Woods
Stage Manager and Lighting Designer: Murphy Diggon
Producers: Mariel Marshall & Dan Daley