Marianne Jean-Baptiste talks about her time training with Wac Arts
Marianne Jean-Baptiste came home to Wac Arts on Tuesday to meet the students and enjoy their devised show entitled ‘Loop’. They were thrilled to meet her and get her positive feedback. Marianne told them how lucky they were. ‘You have sprung floors, a leak proof roof and locks on the toilet doors – I’m jealous!’ When she attended classes at Wac Arts it was based in Kentish Town and she missed out on the move to the Grade II listed Hampstead Town Hall.
Marianne started her drama training at Wac Arts and, on completing her training at RADA, returned to prepare aspiring actors for their auditions for drama school.
On this visit, she was amazed to re-connect with so many of her peers including Danny Sapani and Martina Laird, as well as her former students now working in the industry. She said, ‘It’s lovely to be back and see that the Wac family is still giving young people the support they need to achieve in life.’ Marianne is currently starring in Amen Corner at the National Theatre in her first performance on the London stage since she moved to California.
Marianne is now in London after many years’ working in Los Angeles; the place she subsequently made her home following her Oscar nomination for Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies in 1997. Since leaving the UK to pursue a successful career in America, she has worked extensively in film and, most notably, the CBS television series, Without a Trace.