Grace Tomblin Marca – Orange County Register

For the upcoming production of “The Secret in the Wings” to be performed by the Teen Players at South Coast Repertory, Grace Tomblin Marca was tapped to create the poster artwork for the show.  The Teen Players, the most advanced acting group offered for high school students at SCR, pushes students to find their artistic voice and creative skills.

Marca’s work on the poster is an extension of this mission. She was chosen because she “is such a talented visual artist,” said conservatory director Hisa Takakuwa. “I was really excited to give her the opportunity to speak for both the story and for the ensemble through her art. She really found a strong and evocative image and mood to convey both what the show is about and our approach to it.”

Name: Grace Tomblin Marca

School: Waldorf School of Orange County

Grade: 11

Hometown: Costa Mesa

Tell us about the project you did for SCR. I created the poster art for our play, “The Secret in the Wings.” The process behind creating the image was very collaborative, and I enjoyed that very much. I met with Ben Horak, SCR’s associate graphic designer, and Hisa Takakuwa, our director, many times, and they gave me wonderful advice and constructive criticism.

How did you get involved in art and theater? My whole family are art enthusiasts and have always encouraged me to draw and to develop as an artist. The same goes for theater. I’ve always loved performing, and after seeing how much I loved acting in school, my parents enrolled me in classes at SCR and I’ve never stopped since.

What is your favorite work of art? Who is your favorite artist of all time and why? My favorite painting is “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer. It was the first painting that showed me that it’s possible to capture an entire soul in a single, simple portrait. My favorite artist has always been Georgia O’Keeffe. She really broadened my perspective, and showed me poetry that can be achieved…

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