Marina Pallares

She has a Diploma in Physical Theatre (2004), graduated in Social Education from the University of Barcelona and was awarded a Master’s in Drama Therapy from Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge, United Kingdom).

Since 2004 she has combined the performing arts as a tool for social transformation and has developed community theatre projects around the world, in Latin American countries, Spain, Turkey, Palestine, Mexico, England, Italy, France and Germany.

She has worked with traveller communities such as gypsies, immigrants, those with learning disabilitiesand those with mental health issues conditions, women, the deaf community, the indigenous community, the LGBT community, youth young people and the elderly. In 2014 she founded and since then has directed the theatre company Acting Now, where Marina has created more than 30 plays using hertheir own methodology: the Theatre of Yes.

Due to the internationalisation of this methodology, it has won international scholarships, such as Iberescena (Elderly People of Mexico, 2018), Arts Council England (Indigenous Women, deaf community 2018), Big Lottery England and Banco Santander (Mental health and functional diversity 2015-2020), Microsoft Foundation (Women). She leads the gender equality project at the BBC in the UK.

Marina runs training sessions about Oppressed Theatre and Theatre of the Yes at different universities in England, such as Cambridge University, Bradford University, and Anglia Ruskin University, and in France and Spain at, the University of Lilles and theSpain in Casa Encendida respectively.

She has presented the Theatre of Yes in international conferences such as the European Theatre Network (Libuiana, 2020), the Cambridge University Diversity Day (Cambridge, 2020), the National Conference of Mexican Theatre (La Paz, 2019), the X Conference of social inclusion in the performing arts (Ministry de Culture, Madrid, 2018) and the Cambridge Art Network (Cambridge, 2018).