When you give in to creative passion, it will bring you to the ultimate thresholds of transfiguration and renewal. This growth causes pain, but it is a sacred pain. It would be much more tragic to have cautiously avoided these depths and remained removed on the shiny surfaces of the banal.” – John O’Donohue, from his book Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom
Marianne first witnessed the creative passions of Reverend Billy, Savitri D., and The Church of Stop Shopping at the Astor Place Starbucks in New York City. Both enlivened and fascinated by their synthesis of art, performance, song, and activism, Marianne was soon singing and participating in the event she came to watch. Such is the nature of street theater, where the street is the stage and the spectators often become part of the performance.
Marianne’s first real experience with social awareness, service engagement, and peace activism came from the Dominican sisters and her teachers at Molly College. Growing up in the 80’s she was also influenced by the activism of pivotal groups who called for radical and proactive responses to the crises of the Cold War nuclear arms race and emergence of AIDS.
Marianne has been in several vocal groups and celebrates the opportunity to be a part of this performance community. When not with the Church, crafting, reading, traveling, or dancing, Marianne teaches Naam Yoga at Cat Cow Yoga Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and studies at the Universal Force Healing Center in New York City.