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MarLa has been a guest in over 600 schools as a performing artist and educator. In 2007 MarLa graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from The Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto. Also a student of the French theatre master Philippe Gaulier, MarLa specialises in character work and physical comedy. Shortly after graduating she began sharing her one-person juggling show in libraries and spent 6 seasons performing family theatre shows with Mirador Theatre in Muskoka, Ontario. In 2012 MarLa was the lead puppeteer and clown with the Canadian Opera Company in the production Love From Afar. Between 2011 -2015 MarLa toured a one-person mask show by Faustwork Mask Theatre playing over 25 characters in French and English, travelling to over 400 schools and sharing her expertise in diverse Canadian communities including in First Nations schools throughout Canada. As an educator, MarLa has been teaching workshops in performing arts at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto and with the Toronto District School Board since 2013. Between 2015-2017 MarLa toured with Dufflebag Theatre performing improvised fairy-tales and classic stories playing over 30 characters in 15 different shows.
In 2018 MarLa's first musical recording was released with Canada Covers Tom Petty, a tribute playlist to the great songwriter. Her original songs are set to be recorded in 2020. Currently MarLa is bringing her music, comedy, juggling and puppets to schools, festivals and family venues with her live performance of The Juggling Chef.