Born in Pampanga (Philippines) raised in Christchurch (Aotearoa NZ), Marianne is an interdisciplinary Kapampangán creative practitioner, actor, writer and producer in theatre and film.
In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelors in Performing Arts Majoring in Screen and Theatre Acting from Unitec. Marianne then joined forces with Proudly Asian Theatre (PAT) as the company producer and co-founder and creative director of Te & Kuya Collaborative (TKC)
Marianne emerged as a fresh playwright (2018) and screenwriter (2020) presenting and featuring in Aotearoa’s first and award-winning Filipino theatre production called ‘Pinay’ and has recently released ‘Mekeni’, Aotearoa’s first Kapampángan short-film, proving her to be a game-changer in NZ’s artistic landscape. She's swiftly up-skilling and joining the screen industry not only as an actor but also as a new producer.
Márianne continues to make history in New Zealand starring as the first Filipino nurse ‘Madonna Diaz’ in NZ’s longest running soap TV show Shortland Street. Infante works to empower and authentically represent Asian voices and support the growth of Asian talents in film and theatre.
Her most recent voice works include Tales of Nai Nai Season 1 and Season 2 playing a sassy "Evil Spirit" and as an audience favourite - the Filipino "Mama Dugong".
Infante speak Kapampangan and Tagalog fluently and because of this she's able to present many modes of the Filipino accent. She's also confident with a Standard American Accent and Standard RP British.
Location: Auckland, New Zealand