Mary Ellen Bernard
With diverse creative, production and administrative experience in theatre, music and the arts Mary Ellen Bernard has worked onstage, backstage and in the planning stage. As co-owner and managerial partner at Triple Z Music she handles marketing, finance and general management while making creative contributions to selected projects.
After college Mary Ellen was a founding member and Executive Director of Stage Left, a non-profit theater company that produced an average of three shows a year in the New York City area.
During the day she worked in the publishing business. She started as Editorial Assistant at womenSports Magazine, became a copywriter at Doubleday Publishing and then moved to Simon & Schuster where she was soon promoted to Chief Copywriter in the hardcover division. She moved on to the promotion and advertising agency Practical Marketing Services where she became Vice President and Creative Director.
In 2005 Mary Ellen was one of ten candidates selected for a professional development program in arts management sponsored by the New York City arts organization The Field. After a six-week program of study, she worked with two organizations collaborating on grant-writing, project management, promotion and organizational infrastructure. This led to an on-going relationship with Magic Box Productions, a non-profit media arts education organization, where she contributed her organizational and marketing capabilities.
Mary Ellen is also a performer and a lyricist with a background in theatre and comedy. On the acoustic music circuit she has appeared either as a featured act or as an 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.
Coney Island Mojo was listed among releases by Dar Williams, Ani DiFranco, and Jonatha Brooke as one of “the ten best albums of 1996 that you’ve probably never heard of – but should have” (Steve Bornstein, Mixx Magazine).
“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.
Mary Ellen Bernard is currently on the creative team for They Called It Rock, a new multimedia theatrical production featuring a fusion of jazz, Latin ballroom and contemporary dance, set to iconic classic rock with live musicians and a spectacular backdrop of hi-def video imagery. She is also in the process of researching and writing a theatrical song cycle inspired by historic mining stories from her native Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Mary Ellen performs concerts and writes songs with her husband and Triple Z Music partner Paul Guzzone. Mary Ellen’s other performance experience includes theatre, cabaret, stand-up comedy and the occasional film and television appearance.
Mary Ellen is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Performing Arts Department at Pace University in New York City where she teaches the course “How the Entertainment Industry Works,” an overview of the Theater, Music, Film and Media businesses.