Mara Palma is an artist and teacher who works with young people to develop their leadership skills using the tools learned in theater and creative expression.
She was pursuing a full-time acting career when she was recruited for a musical theater teaching gig serving under resourced communities. Mara realized that she could make a huge impact on these students’ and school communities’ lives through helping them establish a brand new after-school theater program. Not only that, but the new program would continue to bring arts to all the students and communities long after the teaching artists had left.
Mara found that her experience as an artist informed her ability to teach, and working with students made her a better artist. She knows first hand how taking one’s education into one’s hands is so empowering, and makes a lasting impact on all of her students. She is passionate about teaching the next generation of leaders because they will grow up and shape the world. Mara’s vision includes a world that is a more just, equitable, and inclusive society, and it’s important our future leaders grow up with these principles.
Arts education should be a right for every single student and person, but the reality is that it’s one of the first things to get cut. But the leadership skills that young people develop through theater and creative expression will serve them well for the rest of their lives, hopefully shaping a more just, equitable, and inclusive world for all of us.