Started her career in the Arts during her early twenties by launching a successful Arts Education Program with Hinsdale Opera Theatre and the Chicago School district, to bring operatic performances to local schools. During nearly 13 years in NYC she performed in over 30 operatic roles, and toured internationally. Not content to limit herself to the performing side of the arts she became Executive Director of the New York Virtuosi Chamber Symphony, a union orchestra presenting in Manhattan. During Mary’s tenure the orchestra garnered its first New York Times Review. Moving to Charleston in 1998, Mary launched her private Vocal Studio in downtown Charleston and less than two years later formed a not-for-profit: Marigold Arts Development, Inc. It currently does business as South of Broadway Theatre (SOBTC) -- now in its 17th successful year, and has been hailed by The New York Times as: “A mainstay of the South Carolina Theatre Scene”. In 2016 SOBTC was awarded a grant from the prestigious American Theatre Wing (Founder and Producer of The Tony Awards), 1 of only 12 theatres nationally to receive an award. In 2005 Mary and SOBTC launched “Summer in NYC” a month-long Artistic Residency in NYC where participants reside at The Juilliard School. That program is currently celebrating its 12th year anniversary. In 2015 Mary launched and founded the Daniel Island Performing Arts Center to house South of Broadway Theatre Company which will ensure fulfillment of the company’s vision to become a Theatre Destination and a member of the prestigious LORT Theatre organization. Target Season 1 for this facility is 2019/2020. Her impressive record for launching important projects and her contagious excitement, stamina, leadership and passion for any project she undertakes ensures her success.
Steve, a practicing architect in Charleston, has been a leader in the regional architectural community most notably as chairman of the SC Board of Architectural Examiners and the Mount Pleasant Design Review Board and president of AIA Charleston. Steve has performed in numerous area theatre productions, been a soloist and chorus member with area choruses and is a past South of Broadway board member.
Ed has extensive experience in business strategic planning, finance, and start-up operations, a national expert on healthcare privacy and security compliance, and published author of 10 books and numerous articles. Ed has been an ardent friend and student of the theatre since his days in Blackfriars at the University of Chicago.