Mary Eden
Actor, Singer, Playwright
Non Union
“[Eden] brings depth and meaning to her characterization. Many in the audience were moved to tears as her story unfolded.”
– Kyira Korrigan, Plank Magazine

Mary Eden was born in New London, Connecticut and spent the first 18 years of her life as a U.S. Navy Brat, making her home in various cities and countries.  Daughter to a military commander and a painter, her upbringing developed in her an insatiable desire for adventure and creative expression. Experiencing multiple cultures all over the world fueled Mary’s deep curiosity about people, history and community.   As an actor and writer she feels it is her job to explore people and relationships with curiosity rather than judgment, and she believes her life experience has aided her in this.

While her world was moving rapidly all around her, Mary found consistency in the small town of Memramcook, NB where all her mother’s family live.  Many visits were made over the years.  Her connection to her Acadian roots led to her decision to attend a Canadian university in the fall of 2006.  She received a BA in Theatre from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, and decided to move to Vancouver in early 2010.  She had her first professional gig booked before she graduated from theatre school (“Refuge of Lies” at Pacific Theatre).  Since then, she has performed in various professional productions in Vancouver and has worked as a professional playwright.  Her self-produced play “The Selkie Wife” debuted in the Vancouver International Fringe Festival in 2011, and has since seen its U.S. Premiere in St. Paul, ME, and second Canadian production at Rosebud Theatre in Alberta.  Her second play “Run to the Mountain” was produced (and performed in by Eden) in the summer of 2012.  Today, Mary is writing and performing consistently.  She also works with children at Westside Church, writing and performing plays and short stories for them.

Since Mary was five years old she knew she wanted to be a professional actor and storyteller.   Why?  “For me, the biggest thing is connection.  Theatre and film provide some of the greatest channels to meet people, discover more about humanity, and tell stories that bond individuals, to let us know we’re not alone, we’ve all got the same stuff going on inside of us, and in a sense we all want the same things.  Or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be for.  I’m interested in investigating how these mediums can bind people together rather than tearing them apart.  I’m also curious to see where unity can be cultivated across multiple art forms: performing arts, fine arts, dance, music, etc.  I plan to explore and tell stories for the rest of my life, no matter what medium I find myself working in.”