Hello and Welcome!
I was born in Chicago, Illinois. My parents were vaudeville performers in a traveling tent show and, at my birth, I was given my mother's stage name... Marí, a name that I am quite proud to share with her.
Growing up in a wildly creative family, some of my most vivid childhood memories include playing house with my younger sister and brother, climbing trees, summers spent in the public library, ( I read every biography that I could get my hands on. ) Ballet lessons, and, at the age of 11, producing, directing, and performing in my very own variety show with the neighborhood children in our basement. I grew up to marry my high school sweetheart who is also wildly creative and a hoot to travel through life with.
Personally, I am a friend, a wife, and a mother. Professionally, I am an actress and dancer. However, whether personally or professionally , my "why"....my reason for being is to help bring hope and healing to this world of ours. As an actress, I have had the opportunity to do that by collaborating with others in telling stories that resonate in people's lives. I have shared a humorous scene with actor George Clooney. I have joined Emmy winner director and screenwriter James Sadwith as a droll character in his feature "Coming Through the Rye," and I was the director of "Little Bird in the Night" last seen at the United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre Row in NYC a story of one woman's journey from despair into hope.
I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to help tell such wonderful stories this year. They have shed a light for me on the universal need for each of us to dream and of the importance of not giving up until they are realized.
Won't you join me in the telling of them?