Hailing from Sydney, she lives in London and currently works for strategic advisory agency BLJ London, while concurrently running LGBTQ+ company Sappho Events, and developing creative projects that give voice to inclusive and diverse queer female protagonists.
In January 2021, Maryann launched start-up company, Sappho Events, to produce safe, sober and social events for LGBTQ+ women, trans and non-binary people in the UK. The company curates social events in-person and online for queer people to meet and share common interests, in response to growing demand for alternatives to alcohol-fuelled LGBTQ+ spaces like bars and clubs.
Maryann’s advocacy work in the UK has seen her craft Diva Magazine’s #thisisme creative marketing campaign as part of their inaugural Lesbian Visibility Week in 2020. She is an Ambassador for Inclusive Minds where she consults on LGBTQ+ representation for leading children’s publishers including Penguin, Macmillan, and independent agents. Maryann is also a member of InterMediaUK, an LGBTQ+ network of media and creative professionals.
One of her proudest achievements to date, Maryann co-founded Australian gender equality collective for women in the arts, Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS) in 2015. She produced Think Tank events at Belvoir, Carriageworks and the Seymour Centre focusing on empowering female theatre and film creatives through panel discussions and workshops. In October 2016, she co-produced a two-day women’s theatre festival, Festival Fatale to sell-out crowds. Maryann was a finalist in the 2017 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in the Not-For-Profit category as a result of her work with WITS.
In the realm of performance, Maryann graduated with a Master of Arts (Performance, Musical Theatre) from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London in 2018, and was awarded the Equity Atlantic Scholarship to study at the Atlantic Acting School in New York in 2016. She was most recently seen by international audiences on THE VOICE AUSTRALIA where she made the Top 8 of Team Delta. She also starred in the TV pilot SUBJECT TO CHANGE, the first Australian teen drama with LGBT characters in the lead roles.
Other performance credits include Patricia Cornelius’ SLUT at the Eternity Playhouse, nominated for a 2016 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Ensemble (and produced by Edgeware Forum – an independent theatre company Maryann co-founded to bring voice to young Australians in 2015), MALICE IN WONDERLAND her one-woman cabaret about the life of Hedda Hopper at Merrigong Theatre Company, CONVICT ESCAPADES for Sydney Living Museums, a workshop production of new musical GOOD OMENS at the Hayes Theatre, an all-female production of THE LITTLE MERMAID at ATYP for Midnight Theatre, THE AUROBINDO PROJECT for Merrigong Theatre Company, the world premiere of Australian musical HEART OF A DOG at Canberra’s Street Theatre, Squabbalogic’s critically acclaimed Australian Premiere of CARRIE, and regular ceremonial performances across Australia singing the Australian National Anthem. Maryann was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Rob Guest Endowment Award and a grand finalist in the 2012 Australian Cabaret Showcase. She previously completed NIDA’s Advanced Actors Studio, was part of the Young Actor’s Ensemble at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), and has studied voice with Jeremy Powell for many years.
Maryann’s inaugural career was as a journalist. Upon graduating with distinction as a full Arts merit scholar from The University of Sydney (BA in Media and Communications, major in Politics) she worked as a reporter in newsrooms around the world including news.com.au, The Korea Herald, The Liverpool Leader, Girlfriend Magazine, Aussie Theatre, MusicalTalk, and Koori Radio. She still contributes to publications including The Guardian, Mamma Mia, The Vocal and Nonchalant Magazine. Recently, Maryann has written LGBTQ+ comment pieces for The Daily Express.
Since 2013, Maryann has carved out a niche in Arts publicity. She has consulted for Amanda Buckworth (AB Publicity) and Bruce Pollack (Pollack Consulting) for over seven years, managing publicity for some of Australia’s biggest musicals and concerts, under her own boutique PR agency, The Wright Publicity. In London, Maryann manages the PR for some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names alongside issue-led communications for leading UK charities at BLJ London.