Mariem Boukadida is the youngest Director of the team, in charge of pre-production, and a principal actress of Mercury Theatre. When she was 15, Marc “discovered” her while casting Africanae — through a social media video of her playing the piano. At the time, she had never stood in front of the camera professionally, but proved such a natural that she emerged as the lead actress in the work.
At 16, she graduated from French lycée in her native Sousse, Tunisia — two years ahead of schedule. While on vacation in Paris she entered, and became a finalist in, the Elite Model Look competition for France. When it turned out that she wasn’t French, she was disqualified — but one can’t be disqualified from being noticed. A couple of months later, she was discovered by Ford Models executives, and offered a contract the next day. Since then, she has been based in New York and works with Marc on concept development.