Marie Kamara | Biography

I am nineteen years old and originally from Sierra Leone, but at the age of ten I moved to Australia with my two elder sisters and nephew in search of a better life.

In high school, the opportunity to study drama sparked my passion for acting and during the HSC my drama teacher inspired me to explore tertiary drama courses. She told me about the New York Film Academy (NYFA), which has just opened in the CBD and suggested I consider auditioning for the full-time course. I did, and after two years graduated with a Diploma and an Advanced Diploma of Screen and Media-Majoring in Acting for Film.

At NYFA I was able to train with well-respected industry professionals who have worked extensively in the Australian film and television industry, as well as perform in a number of challenging stage and screen roles, namely Mr Dummy and Mr Bergman in Richard Howard’s South American play ‘Dark of The Moon’. I was cast as the lead in  ‘Fatima’ directed by Aisha Kamara, an emotional story about a young woman facing a new culture after fleeing a war-torn country with her single mother.

I was also very fortunate to work with award winning director Glenn Fraser on his short film The Veiled’, playing the ‘Lost Girl’, a young girl who is trafficked as a sex worker. The short film recently premiered at the Montreal Film Festival.

I am thrilled at the prospect of playing a deaf teenage boy in Antigone and working with Damian Ryan and the impressive cast of professional actors.

 

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