Actress, Improviser, etc.

Mary Carpenter is based in Philadelphia where she works as an actress, director, teacher and writer.  She holds Theatre degrees from Northwestern University and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.  She has also had formal improvisation training with The Second City, Keith Johnstone, Mick Napier, and Todd Stashwick.  Mary has worked with a variety of theatre companies- including The Second City, 1812 Productions, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Arden, the Wilma, InterAct, and more. She has been a performing and teaching member of ComedySportz, Philadelphia’s longest running improv show, for twenty years where she has also served as Artistic Director twice.  Mary’s specialty is Improvisation and the creation of new work.  She founded and directed Philadelphia’s first all women’s comedy ensemble 13 Skirts, and created two original one-woman shows: The New & Improved Stages of Grief, a comic look at the grieving process; and Dot and Me, chronicling the unexpected and inadvertently comic challenges of motherhood. She was part of the Barrymore award winning ensemble of Suburban Love Songs and received a Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program Residency to develop The New and Improved Stages of Grief.  Mary is also a proud ensemble member of the improve groups: Dangerous Fools, ‘Til Death Do Us Part, and Stage Fright: An Improvised Homage to Hitchcock.