Marina Shay is a New York-based actor and playwright from Southern Illinois. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Theater and English from Oberlin College and a Masters in Acting from Brown University. Marina was born in Scotland and raised in Southern Illinois. She grew up the child of art and music professors, traveling frequently and attending school in Japan, Holland, and Carbondale, IL. Throughout high school Marina busied herself with violin, viola, orchestra, ballet, modern dance, hip hop, and creative writing. After graduating, Marina ventured to the cornfields of Oberlin, Ohio to pursue a degree in English and Theater with a concentration in Shakespeare. From there she went on to complete her MFA in Acting from Brown/Trinity Rep. Marina has been fortunate to train at some incredible institutions, including The Guthrie, The Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare and Company, The SITI Company, and The British Academy of Dramatic Arts. She also has training in Alexander, Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Linklater. Marina's professional work has ranged across the Midwest and East Coast at theaters such as The Guthrie, Cleveland Public Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, Shakespeare and Company, Syracuse Stage, and Victory Gardens Theatre Festival. As an actor, Marina's mission is to evoke change in audiences, and to challenge them to re-examine the ordinary. She endeavors to impact theater goers by doing justice to the characters and stories that have inspired her.