Maryann Wright was most recently seen by international audiences on THE VOICE AUSTRALIA where she made the Top 8 of Team Delta. She is also currently starring in new pilot TV show SUBJECT TO CHANGE, playing the co-lead role Karly. The pilot is the first Australian teen drama with gay, lesbian and bisexual characters in the lead roles, now seen by over 1 million internationally.
She graduated in 2018 with a Master of Performance (Musical Theatre) from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, UK. She now lives and works in the UK.
In 2015, Maryann co-founded two groups – an Australian gender equality collective for women in the arts, Women in Theatre and Screen (WITS), and an independent theatre company, Edgeware Forum. For Edgeware Forum, Maryann played Flick in critically acclaimed production of Patricia Cornelius’ SLUT at the Eternity Playhouse this year, directed by Erin Taylor, and nominated for a 2016 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Ensemble. In 2015, Maryann also played Millie in EIGHT at the Sydney Fringe Festival directed by Anna Houston. For WITS, Maryann has 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, at the Eternity Playhouse 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.
Other recent credits include 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, short film HYDE THE MOVIE to be released on the festival circuit, an all-women 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, voice over work on short film DOKTOR and Squabbalogic’s critically acclaimed Australian Premiere of CARRIE.
In 2016 Maryann was awarded the Equity Atlantic Scholarship to study at the Atlantic Acting School in New York. Previously, Maryann has also completed NIDA’s Advanced Actors Studio in 2015, tutored by Imara Savage, Anna Houston and Les Chantery. She graduated Brent Street’s inaugural Diploma of Musical Theatre program in 2013. She was previously part of the Young Actor’s Ensemble at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) tutored by Paige Rattray and has studied voice with Jeremy Powell for many years. Maryann was a semi-finalist in the 2013 Rob Guest Endowment Award, a grand finalist in the 2012 Australian Cabaret Showcase and in the Top 20 of Short + Sweet Cabaret 2014.
Maryann also has a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communications, Performance Studies and Politics from The University of Sydney. She has worked as a journalist in newsrooms around the world including news.com.au, The Korea Herald, The Guardian, The Liverpool Leader, Girlfriend Magazine, Aussie Theatre, MusicalTalk (London), and Koori Radio. For the past three years, Maryann has worked as an arts publicist for Amanda Buckworth (AB Publicity) and Bruce Pollack (Pollack Consulting), managing publicity for some of Australia’s biggest musicals and concerts. In her free time she owns and runs her own boutique PR agency, The Wright Publicity. Maryann also previously worked as Marketing Officer for Ensemble Theatre.
Maryann is passionate about building a strong artistic community in Australia and worldwide that makes room for significant female characters and complex queer voices. She is an Inclusion Ambassador for LGBTQI+ content at Inclusive Minds.