Marie GustafsonActor

Marie is ecstatic to be joining the Encompass Arts team! It really all began for her at the age of 6, when she learned what karaoke was at a family birthday celebration. Armed with a poodle skirt and a microphone, she sang out her favorite song at the time; Shangri-Las “Leader of the Pack”. That was when she knew, and she’s never looked back.

Originally from Wisconsin, Marie moved to New York (alright, Queens) after graduating with a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, “Wisconsin’s Singing University”. Her time in the Fine Arts/Opera Program gave her the training and discipline to become a musician that can quickly tackle multiple genres of music, from the legit standards to classic rock. But it wasn’t until a trip to New York through a college grant, she decided to pursue a career in musical theatre. Past favorite roles include the Witch (Into the Woods), Peter (Peter Pan), and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Marie also excels in the world of pop/classic rock. As a mezzo soprano with a high belt, she pays homage to her idols: Ann Wilson, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Sia, and Gaga…to name a few.

She continues to grow, study, and audition around the New York area. Marie also dreams of becoming a beekeeper, someday.