Mary Ellen Bernard

Photo by Paul Sunday

Photo by Paul Sunday

Mary Ellen brings both left-brain and right-brain capabilities to the Triple Z partnership, managing day-to-day operations and contributing creatively to a number of projects. While primarily a writer and performer (and shamelessly compulsive organizer), she has worked onstage, backstage and in the planning stage, accumulating experience as both an artist and an administrator.

Writer
Mary Ellen has penned song lyrics and stand-up comedy, pitches and proposals, articles, informational resources, and marketing collaterals of all types. She has shaped promotional messages for performing artists, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and major book publishers.

Mary Ellen’s publishing career started at Billie Jean King’s womenSports magazine and continued at The Literary Guild, Doubleday Publishing and then Simon & Schuster. Her copywriting portfolios at Simon & Schuster and Doubleday included high-visibility titles by bestselling authors, and she served some of the most highly respected editors in the business including Michael Korda and Nan Talese. From S&S, she moved to Practical Book Marketing Agency where she was Vice President and Creative Director.

Actor & Entertainer
All the while, Mary Ellen was following her bliss in theater and other performance. Right out of college, she became a founding member of a small non-profit theater company and served as its executive director for five years. Eventually, she left publishing to concentrate more fully on performance and writing, studying stand-up comedy and improv, writing and performing in cabaret, and recording her own CDs.

Recording & Concert Performer
She landed in the acoustic music circuit with a hybrid show of original acoustic pop, novelty songs and humor. There she appeared as a featured act or as opener for such artists as John Prine, Loudon Wainwright III, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton and John Sebastian. Her three CD’s (Point of Departure, Coney Island Mojo and Bus Stop) have received reviewer praise and airplay around the country and in Europe. Visit Mary Ellen’s artist website: www.maryellenbernard.com.

“If she were a chef, her spice cabinet would need restocking daily. Bernard seasons her material to taste, and cooks with a high flame,” wrote Mark Keating in the regional music magazine Sound View.

Lyricist & Librettist
Mary Ellen collaborates and performs with Paul Guzzone, and she is in the process of writing a musical theater piece inspired by the coal-mining history of her native Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Educator
As Adjunct Lecturer at the Pace University School of Performing Arts in New York City, Mary Ellen developed and teaches “How the Entertainment Industry Works,” an overview of the Theater, Music, Film, and Media businesses.

E-mail Mary Ellen at:  me[at]triplezmusic[dot]com.