Mara Palma

Creative Consultant | Teaching Artist | Entrepreneur
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Hey, I’m Mara Palma! I’m a Creative Consultant, which means I find ways to tap into your inner creativity in order to find more connection to yourself and your community.

About Mara

It all started when my family asked me to read story books out loud for my younger cousins. I picked up the book and without hesitating, started reading out using different voices for all the characters and coloring the words with different emotions and feelings. Did I mention I was seven? 

The joys of reading out loud led me to joining my middle and high school performing arts clubs, which put me on the path to study Theatre Studies at Wellesley College, a small, liberal arts college that happens to be women-focused. In my senior year, I took a course in Grassroots Political Organizing for my Political Science double major (yes, I was one of those-and proud of it!) only to use my powers for good to run a theatre campaign: I wanted to increase student involvement across all performing and visual arts student clubs. I gathered twenty different clubs onto one space on one afternoon, to maximize exposure because the same types of people were more likely to sign up to the same types of clubs. 

It blew my mind that two seemingly distinct fields of study could come together to achieve amazing results. So it got me thinking: how can the skills mastered through theatre apply in other situations? I’ve worked as a Freelancer, Teaching Artist, Development Associate, Theatre Producer, Wedding Officiant, Customer Service Representative, and Food Server. I’ve lived and worked in three different cities. What’s stayed constant no matter what is the desire for skills like public speaking, body and spatial awareness, and imagination. And that, dear friends, is what I’m here to help you with!

 

What I Stand For

Adventure

I wouldn’t be where I am today without adventure – in my everyday, in my career, and in my relationships. I was drawn to theatre because it allowed me infinite creativity to create my own worlds, words, and experiences. I count myself lucky that my creative career requires a sense of “play!”

 

Education

I am driven by the belief there is something new to learn each and every day. There are so many cultures, so many people, and so many experiences in this world… so I’ve dedicated myself to expanding my knowledge as much as possible. This comes in the form of formal education but also just as importantly, the education that comes from experience. 

 

Family and Friendships

As a Filipina-American, immigrant woman in this world, I honor the sacrifices and blessings my family has bestowed upon me. They are a big part of WHY I do the work I do, and serve the people I serve. Even though many things have changed about me, what remains constant is how much family and friendships have anchored me through the roughest of storms.