BIO

MARY MILLER, award-winning author and playwright writes about the "human condition with humor and heart." Author of the short play FERRIS WHEEL, Mary is recognized by Random House as one of America's "finest playwrights." She has won over a dozen national playwriting awards including the National Repertory Theatre Foundation, the Dayton FutureFest (twice) and honorable mention in the prestigious Jane Chamber Playwriting Award. She is best known for her play Ferris Wheel, which was a finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and published in the anthology TAKE TEN: New 10-Minute Plays (Random House). Since its publication Ferris Wheel has been produced across the United States, in nine countries and translated into three languages. Ferris Wheel is also one of nine plays that Mary has incorporated in a health and wellness program she created called ACTING HEALTHY.

For more pictures and information on events and happenings follow her blog at MARY MILLER.

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Mary graduated with honors from Westminster High School. Upon graduation she received the BRANHAM AWARD for academic excellence and was recently inducted into the WESTMINSTER HALL OF FAME for her career as a tennis player on the National Circuit. Mary received her B.A. at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, after having studied at the University of London in London, England, and Davidson College in Davidson, NC. She gained her theatrical experience in New York City, first as an actress and then as a playwright.

As an actress she appeared both on stage (Off-Off Broadway) as well as on television. She studied acting at HB Studios, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and with such renowned teachers as Warren Robertson, David Man, and Mira Rostova. For two years she worked on the daytime soap opera All My Children.

Turning her hand to writing, Mary made her New York debut as a playwright with the production of LIGHT BURGERS WALTZING THROUGH THE GARDEN WITH JOE. She went on to win the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest Award, first, with I WITNESS and again with WAITING FOR OPRAH. Mia's Monologue from WAITING FOR OPRAH was included in the book AUDITION MONOLOGUES FOR YOUNG WOMEN Edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff and published by Meriwether Publishing Ltd. Her play GRACE was a winner in the National Repertory Theatre Foundation as well as a recipient of honorable mention from the Jane Chamber Playwriting Award. With the publication of FERRIS WHEEL her work has gone on to receive international attention.

After living in New York City, Mary moved to St. Simons Island off the coast of Georgia where she continues to write and see her work produced. On St. Simons Island, she first became involved in radio and worked for WMOG-AM hosting the "Open Mike" show, a live morning call-in program. From radio she moved into television working for WBSG-TV. There she produced, wrote, and served as anchor on the half-hour television series "Close-Up 21."

Having gained success as a playwright, Mary turned her hand to novels and has subsequently written A CHRISTMAS HOUSE and A MATTER OF GRACE.

Currently she is focusing her attention on her program ACTING HEALTHY. Acting Healthy is unique approach to health care, which combines the use of her plays with hospital education and awareness seminars. Last October she was invited to speak at the Women of Influence 4th Annual Breakfast in Pittsburgh, PA, where her play "Next" was produced in conjunction with Excela Health and Seton Hill University's Breast Cancer Awareness Program. In addition to the Acting Healthy website and personal appearances she also publishes an Acting Healthy newsletter designed to help people change their lives...by teaching them how they can write a better play. "Want a better life? Write a better play!"

Mary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Chicago Dramatists and Working Title Playwrights

Mary's plays and books are now available at Amazon - Kindle Books and Barnes & Noble - Nook Books. To see pictures of previous productions and find out more information about future events you can also follow Mary on facebook. See you there!