Marianne was born to a family of artists and has spent her life working with the performing and creative arts. She received her degree in Theater from San Francisco State and trained with the American Conservatory Theater from the age of eight. Over the years she has worked as an actress and director in San Francisco and Los Angeles, including Theater of Note where she was the assistant to the Artistic Director. In San Francisco she produced and directed “Joan of the Tenderloin, which she wrote. She has worked with video, co-writing and directing, “Joey’s Kitchen,” a pilot for a children’s cooking show which aired on CityTV in Santa Monica. She has been writing since she was a teenager and is a published poet.

Marianne is also an entrepreneur who founded her award-winning landscape design business, Poetic Plantings, where she designed gardens that nourished the soul and nurtured the earth. She has since expanded her work as a designer to include education and advocacy for sustainable landscape practices during these time of unprecedented drought and climate change.

In May of 2017, her husband of 26 years passed away, throwing everything she knew into chaos.  As she learns how to move forward in this life without her greatest love and supporter, she is shedding old skins, and once again learning what she is capable of.

To this next leg of the journey.