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Marina Pallares

Marina Pallares

Artistic Director at Acting Now

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My name is Marina Pallares Elias, I am project manager and director of Acting Now. .  I am trained actress (diploma in physical theatre: Lecoq’s methodology, Estudis de Teatre, Barcelona), social theatre practitioner (Bachelor’s degree in pedagogy), theatre director, and dramatherapist (Master’s degree in dramatherapy).  I have a wide range of work experience, particularly in terms of using theatre as a tool of empowerment, reflection and education.  In Spain (2007-2012) I worked with various organizations as a performing arts practitioner for youths, immigrants, people for whom Spanish was a second language, and adults with mental health issues.  These organizations included the Barcelona Social Services, Barcelona football club, Plaudit Theatre (http://plaudite.org/en), la Nave Va (http://www.lanaveva.org/index.php?idioma=en) and Impacta’t Teatre http://impactat.org.  In Italy (2006) she worked with a Romani community with limited literacy through ARCI Sicily.  With these different groups Marina directed theatre performances that focused on a number of issues such as drugs, friendships, immigration, hopelessness, discrimination, bullying, the parent-child relationship etc.  In addition, she was a manager of the “Sin Telon” young international festival held in Barcelona 2007 and 2008, playing a key role in organizing the festival, which celebrates social theatre for young people (http://sintelon2009.blogspot.co.uk/).  Now, I work with Acting Now, where I leads social theatre projects, with adults and young people with mental health issues, and elderly people with disabilities.

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