Marion Abbott, founder of The Spirit of Maud Theatre Company, is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College and has achieved the Piano Performance ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a performer, Marion has appeared in such shows as Bye Bye Birdie, Cole, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Into the Woods. Upon graduating Sheridan in 1999, Marion was hired to accompany vocal exams and to sub-in for various classes, before being hired in September 2000 as part of the vocal faculty. Marion has been teaching musical theatre to children since she was 16 years old; she started in various schools and churches in the Scarborough area and eventually ended up in Brampton.
After teaching privately and working for The Brampton Theatre School, she opened Marion Abbott’s Performing Arts Studio. The studio produced over 30 productions, including All Shook Up, Seussical, Mousetrap, Anne of Green Gables and High School Musical. Her students performed in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida in 2009 and 2011. Marion recently co-created The Confidential Musical Theatre Project, which will have its third installment in January 2015. The show has already been franchised to Vancouver, BC where they will mount their first installment in December 2014 (www.confidentialmusicaltheatreproject.com).
As a dramatist, Marion created No Safe Harbour, a play about the Halifax Explosion and based on the book by the same name by Julie Lawson. After multiple performances in Brampton, No Safe Harbour toured Halifax, Nova Scotia in September of this year and is booked to return in July 2015.
Marion and her husband Giancarlo Piccin, a visual artist, have a nine-year-old son, also named Giancarlo. Marion’s all-time hero is Walt Disney, and she is a passionate movie collector. Her first introduction to LM Montgomery’s Anne was when she was a young girl by her mother Margaret, and she’s been hooked ever since; Marion’s favourite books are Anne of the Island, Anne’s House of Dreams, and The Blue Castle.