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A Moment With Marion Abbott

By Marion Abbott
By Ashley Sutherland-Winch

TheatreArtLife was created by the live entertainment and theatre industry for the industry. Our contributors are industry professionals working about the globe on shows and productions. In our “A Moment With” series, we give the opportunity to our contributors to tell their story and share their personal journey working in the entertainment industry.

Marion Abbott

How did you get started in your career?

The minister’s wife at my church asked me to play for the church choir. I was 12. That was how I learned to sight read and everything grew from that point.

What is the best role/job/gig have you done and why?

Adjudicating for various festivals, particularly Toronto. Adjudicating gives me an opportunity to support young artists (which I love!) and use so many things I’ve learned from so many aspects of my career – teaching, performing, producing, accompanying, even being a mother – and share them in a positive and uplifting way. Adjudicating for Toronto was an honour because I both competed in it when I was child and sent students there for about 20 years in a row – so many crazy great memories!

What was the worst task you were given when you were starting out?

Oof. Not so much ‘task’ as dealing with some pretty horrific behaviour over the years. I learned to set boundaries say no!

What do you think is your best skill?

Teaching/Coaching/Adjudicating

What do other people think is your best skill?

Erm … bringing the laughter? :)

What advice would you give your 18-year old self?

A career in the arts follows no template or set guidelines.

What is your job now?

Wife, Mother, Artist – forever following my heart’s leading.

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