Writer & Performer

1975 – Present

Mary has appeared in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States.  Some representative roles include the receptionist opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Naomi in Simon with Alan Arkin, Abbey in The Impossible Years with Ted Knight, Popham in The Magistrate with John Cullum, the original Mona off-Broadway in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, with Fannie Flagg, and creating the role of Mandy in the musical I Can’t Keep Running in Place, which ran for a year off-Broadway at Westside Theatre.  While in New York, Mary co-founded “Life Adventures Onstage” to reach at-risk inner-city children and young students with disabilities by creating original scripts from the children’s real-life stories and producing weekly mini plays for invited audiences.  One of the most successful sessions was conducted for children with hearing impairment and deafness.  She also worked as a freelance writer, creating marketing and promotional materials for clients that included Recordings for the Blind, Project Hope, New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, Fresh Air Fund, and Pete Seeger’s “Clearwater.”

After moving to Tennessee, Mary was enlisted by Webb School of Knoxville in 2005 to create a year-long curriculum for its Lower School’s immersive program, “Webb’s Window on the World.”  This culminated in 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, all the sound effects, and Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban (along with various narrators and lesser characters).  Students were involved in all the scenery, props, sound effects, and costume creation, 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.

Mary’s work as a playwright includes Twinkle: A One-Act Play for Three Characters, Two Aerialists, One Cellist and a Chorus (O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference Semi-finalist in 2014), Coquettes and Consequences, (chosen for inclusion in New York City Venus/Adonis Play Festival in 2015)In 2016, Mary won a spot in the Kenyon Playwrights’ Institute and her ensemble piece, Passage, which she developed there, debuted in the 2016 Nashville Sideshow Fringe. Early in 2017, Mary wrote, produced and directed her piece about love called Wrath in Nashville’s Ten-Minute PlayGround.  Her play, Sin Cycle, was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ 2017 Biennial Prize for playwrighting (judged by 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright, Martyna Majok)


Writer & Performer

1975 – Present

Mary has appeared in numerous film, television, stage, radio, and opera productions in New York City and throughout the United States.  Some representative roles include the receptionist opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Naomi in Simon with Alan Arkin, Abbey in The Impossible Years with Ted Knight, Popham in The Magistrate with John Cullum, the original Mona off-Broadway in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, with Fannie Flagg, and creating the role of Mandy in the musical I Can’t Keep Running in Place, which ran for a year off-Broadway at Westside Theatre.  While in New York, Mary co-founded “Life Adventures Onstage” to reach at-risk inner-city children and young students with disabilities by creating original scripts from the children’s real-life stories and producing weekly mini plays for invited audiences.  One of the most successful sessions was conducted for children with hearing impairment and deafness.  She also worked as a freelance writer, creating marketing and promotional materials for clients that included Recordings for the Blind, Project Hope, New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, Fresh Air Fund, and Pete Seeger’s “Clearwater.”

After moving to Tennessee, Mary was enlisted by Webb School of Knoxville in 2005 to create a year-long curriculum for its Lower School’s immersive program, “Webb’s Window on the World.”  This culminated in 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, all the sound effects, and Ferdinand, Miranda, Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban (along with various narrators and lesser characters).  Students were involved in all the scenery, props, sound effects, and costume creation, 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.

Mary’s work as a playwright includes Twinkle: A One-Act Play for Three Characters, Two Aerialists, One Cellist and a Chorus (O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference Semi-finalist in 2014), Coquettes and Consequences, (chosen for inclusion in New York City Venus/Adonis Play Festival in 2015)In 2016, Mary won a spot in the Kenyon Playwrights’ Institute and her ensemble piece, Passage, which she developed there, debuted in the 2016 Nashville Sideshow Fringe. Early in 2017, Mary wrote, produced and directed her piece about love called Wrath in Nashville’s Ten-Minute PlayGround.  Her play, Sin Cycle, was a finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers’ 2017 Biennial Prize for playwrighting (judged by 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright, Martyna Majok)


Education & Affiliations

Sarah Lawrence College, B.A.

Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Playwrights’ Center, Theatre Communications Group, and Dramatists Guild of America.

Education & Affiliations

Sarah Lawrence College, B.A.

Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Playwrights’ Center, Theatre Communications Group, and Dramatists Guild of America.