Improv is still an inspiration in her performing, directing and writing. After almost 20 years of performing, in improv, theatre, and film (with some directing and writing thrown in), 2018 opened up an opportunity to produce and help direct a SAG film as part of the January 2018 Actor’s Green Room Film Challenge in NYC, the award-winning film Candlestick Justice (a First Time Productions film). After that she decided to produce, write, direct, and star in her own film, the award-winning Schmoopie, inspired by a break up and her love of animals (Mary has volunteered at the Quincy Animal Shelter since 2008). Under the umbrella of her own production company, Call it a Whim Productions, she has continued to write; notably, she wrote the award-winning short script Red Shirt, about a woman who goes on a blind date not knowing anything about her date other than he has a red shirt; she then runs into a high school classmate before she can meet him and chaos ensues.
Mary hopes to produce her script, Red Shirt, in 2022; in 2019, she oversaw production on Wallie’s Gals, about a group of women who reunite (30 years later) after working in a discount clothing store together. Currently in post-production, the project should be completed in late 2021. In 2020, Mary completed the script “The Corporate Virus,” about a woman who abruptly quits her job then gets an illness she believes is from being overworked. It is currently doing the festival circuit.
You can check out Mary’s acting pursuits and contact info at www.marycferrara.com
View Mary’s Directing reel, with some of her favorite scenes that she’s directed.