Kamusta! Hiya.

I’m mara palma

Artist
Creative
Admissions Essay Advisor 
A Filipina woman with dark hair and brown skin smiling with one hand at her temple, the other inside her lower left pocket.

About mara

A multi-passionate individual in Los Angeles, CA

creator of worlds.

I knew early on that I wasn’t like other kids, and I always felt like the odd one out… until I joined the theater club at my middle school.

It was important to my family and me to pursue a good education beyond high school, but at that point I also knew how important the performing arts, specifically theater, was to me. I even got to fulfill two different dreams: a semester in London to study acting, and a summer internship in the Philippines, reconnecting with my ancestry. I graduated with a Theater Studies and Political Science dual degree from Wellesley College, and immediately started working after graduation at Simmons University while I pursued an acting career on nights and weekends.

Over several years, I grew restless and sought out new opportunities, eventually moving around the country leaving Boston to move to Seattle to move to Los Angeles. Along the way, I began work as a teaching artist from Pre-K through high school seniors. I found that my experience as an artist informed my ability to teach, and working with my students made me a better artist. I have worked inside classrooms, after-school clubs, and even a youth probation site.

Now, I want to make an arts career accessible to anyone who wants to pursue it. That’s why it’s my mission to help creative students apply to their dream colleges and programs, harnessing the power of their personal narrative. Your story is always yours.

I’ve gotten to work with some amazing arts organizations!

Recent Work

Square image with two photos of Filipina women with dark brown hair, a laptop with the logo for THE BONESETTER'S DAUGHTER on screen

Educational video content: mental health & the arts

THE BONESETTER’S DAUGHTER BY AMY TAN, BOOK-IT REPERTORY THEATRE

this girl laughs, this girl cries, this girl does nothing by finegan kruckemeyer, artwest gallery & playhouse

MAKING OF THE GODS (STAGED READING) BY REBECCA K. HSIA, CALARTS – COFFEEHOUSE THEATER

What I Stand For - My Top 5 Values

GROWTH

I believe in the many opportunities to do and be better. This moves me, and us, forward and drives innovation.

ACHIEVEMENT:

I celebrate wins of all sizes, and believe this is an important part of building momentum.

AUTONOMY:

I honor every person’s right to make decisions according to their values. All our actions support our clients’ autonomy, and ours. 

ADVENTURE:

I celebrate the chances to bravely answer a call to do something extraordinary.

LEGACY:

I seek to create a more abundant place now, and for the generations who come after.

if you need a gandalf to your frodo: don’t pass on emailing.

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info@marapalma.com

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