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Friday, June 14, 2024

20 questions with Maria Zarrillo

Meet Vancouver theatre professional Maria Zarrillo.

This continues our special series featuring the 50th anniversary fall graduating class from Studio 58, the professional theatre training program at Langara College.

Meet Maria Zarrillo

Maria is graduating this semester from the production program at Studio 58. She is originally from Winnipeg and made the move to Vancouver two years ago. Maria is five feet tall, has a fascination with the moon and can easily eat two bags of chips in one sitting.

20 Questions with Maria Zarrillo

1. Your first job.

Delivering newspapers down my street when I was 11, but I quit after a week because I was too scared to cross the street in fear of getting hit by a car.

2. The job you always wanted as a child.

I always wanted to be an author. Also, a chef, which is funny now since I only cook eggs on toast.

3. Your pet peeve.

Bad grammar.

4. Your hero.

My hero is easily my big brother. He’s such an inspiration to me.

5. Your biggest indulgence.


6. One thing no one knows about you.

I’ve starred in a minimum of two Good Charlotte cover videos.

7. Three things you would want with you on a deserted island.

A blanket, a pillow and a bottomless bag of cool ranch Doritos.

8. The one word your best friend would use to describe you.


9. If you were not a theatre professional, what would you be doing right now?

I would be living in Winnipeg, probably studying photography or creative writing.

10. Hero or villain?

I want to say villain because it’s more fun, but probably hero.

11. Your life’s motto/mantra.

Make the choices that YOU want to make.

12. Your favourite playwright.

I have such a hard time picking one, but lately I’ve really been enjoying Judith Thompson’s work.

13. The play you are destined to be part of.


14. If you were a cartoon character what cartoon character would you be and why?

Lucy van Pelt from Charlie Brown because she’s very opinionated.

15. What will it say on your grave marker?

I want to be cremated and scattered somewhere. No grave marker for me!

16. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

David Tennant or Johnny Depp.

17. Your idea of happiness.

A bag of chips, my friends and cold beer.

18. The one thing in your life that makes you most proud.

Making the move to Vancouver from Winnipeg.

19. Your most memorable moment at Studio 58.

Probably doing our “opposite character” in A-term and I ate a jam & cheese sandwich and ended up with jam all over me and in my hair.

20. To be or not to be?

Definitely to be.

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