(above) Mary with extraordinary son Pace

I’m obsessed with writing about the things that inspire and terrify me.  As the mother of a nearly nonverbal son with autism and a daughter who is delightfully loquacious, language and the power of words to obscure or reveal our deepest passions is endlessly fascinating to me.  So is freedom and bondage.  Relationships and distance.  The potential of sin that presses perilously close and the possibility of redemption that often stays stubbornly just out of reach.  You will find these themes in much of my work.  I am committed to remaining open to all the ironies, outrage, and wisdom life gives us every day.  I want to wrap my arms around the many amazing stories that tug at me for attention and bring them to light with all the magical tools that theater can provide.

Mary grew up in a tiny town in Vermont. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent a decade as a professional actor appearing in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States. 

After moving to Tennessee, Mary was enlisted by the Lower School Director of Webb School of Knoxville to create a special performance of an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in which all 264 children in grades K-5 were cast to play ocean waves, sailors, the storm, a chorus, and Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, and others.  Students were involved in making all the scenery, props, sound effects, as well as performing the duties of stage managing, cuing actors, and moving set pieces.  This ambitious idea worked beautifully with older students mentoring younger ones and creating magic for 30 priceless minutes.

(above) Mary performing in a staged reading of “Twinkle” with daughter, also named Mary.


(above) Mary with extraordinary son Pace

Mary grew up in a tiny town in Vermont. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and spent a decade as a professional actor appearing in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States. 

After moving to Tennessee, Mary was enlisted by the Lower School Director of Webb School of Knoxville to create a special performance of an abbreviated version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in which all 264 children in grades K-5 were cast to play ocean waves, sailors, the storm, a chorus, and Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, and others.  Students were involved in making all the scenery, props, sound effects, as well as performing the duties of stage managing, cuing actors, and moving set pieces.  This ambitious idea worked beautifully with older students mentoring younger ones and creating magic for 30 priceless minutes.

(above) Mary performing in a staged reading of “Twinkle” with daughter, also named Mary.

I’m obsessed with writing about the things that inspire and terrify me.  As the mother of a nearly nonverbal son with autism and a daughter who is delightfully loquacious, language and the power of words to obscure or reveal our deepest passions is endlessly fascinating to me.  So is freedom and bondage.  Relationships and distance.  The potential of sin that presses perilously close and the possibility of redemption that often stays stubbornly just out of reach.  You will find these themes in much of my work.  I am committed to remaining open to all the ironies, outrage, and wisdom life gives us every day.  I want to wrap my arms around the many amazing stories that tug at me for attention and bring them to light with all the magical tools that theater can provide.


Rejections I’ve loved…

“We were delighted by the play’s original conceit, but…” 

Clubbed Thumb

“Our readers expressed great admiration…and although this particular piece is not advancing…your voice and ideas have made a significant impact on our reading team.” 

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center

“It’s not right for us, but it is delightfully nutty.”  

New Georges

“…we were grateful for the opportunity to spend time with this cleverly imagined
existential drama, buoyed by supernatural mysticism, and we hope you will accept our
best wishes for its future life.”

Playwrights Horizons

and praise that gives me life…

“One of Mary’s best qualities is her positivity. She laughs easily and has a gentle eagerness. She’s phenomenally sensitive and insightful, [with a] strong, steady stance. Her maturity allows her to be her own person, walk her own walk.  She is not afraid of judgment and is brave enough to face her demons and fashion them into intriguing characters. Here in the South people tend to be polite, and good criticism is difficult to come by. Mary is always eager for honest, constructive feedback and determined to write important, illuminating, resonant works.” 
 – Denice Hicks
Artistic Director of Nashville Shakespeare Festival