FLIPPING THE LENS
A Cultural Professional
Mary Ann Washington
I am just a hometown Memphis girl who wants to work in the Performing Arts, forever. There were no opportunities, so I had to create one. I thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his anointing on my life.~ Mary Ann
Favorite Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio
Favorite Actress: Angela Bassett
Favorite Movies: FRIDAY 1, 2, & 3
What's Love Got to Do With It, Casino, Goodfellows, Malibu Most Wanted, The Wolf of Wallstreet, The Ten Commandments.
Favorite Show: Curb/General Hospital/ Saturday Night Live
Mary Ann Washington was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Inspired by her mother and aunt's love for daytime soap operas, and the soulful sounds of Motown & Stax's music, 'Lil Ann" started acting and writing at a very young age. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School, Mary enrolled at Shelby State Community College and studied acting under Ron Gephart. Mary was in numerous plays at Shelby State, including Black Girl, Everybody loves Opal, The Odd Couple, and was nominated for a Memphis Theatre award (Ostrander's Award) for her performance in The Diviners directed by Deborah Frazier. After taking a 20-year absence from the stage to raise her family, Mary joined her childhood church, Lane Ave,(now renamed World Overcomers Outreach Ministry Church), where she joined the Drama Ministry. It was at World Overcomers Church that her Artistic Gateway was rediscovered, and revitalized. Mary was able to utilize her artistic gifts and get the exposure back into theatre in acting, playwright, acting coaching, and directing, most notably, The Blood Covenant, written by Apostle Alton R. Williams.
Mary has performed with Southwest Tennessee Community College Theatre, Blues City Cultural Center, Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre, Inner City South, and was drawn to the mission as a volunteer for a nonprofit black repertory theatre in Memphis for five years. Mary reentered College in 2015 where she met Levi Frazier Jr. whom she credits to giving her, her 'Artistic Wings'. It was at Southwest Tennessee Community College that her artistic gifts was further realized AND, the vision for The Actor's Renaissance was conceived.
Mary received an Ostrander nomination for Best Director in a college production for THE AMEN CORNER, at Southwest Tennessee Community College. She also received a Mtenzi Award for Best Stage Activist for, THE SEX PLAY. In 2020, Mary won Best Actress in a College production for her performance in A RAISIN IN THE SUN.
So far, Mary has written and directed all original productions for The Actor's Renaissance Theatre.
Mary Ann's civic duties include being a member of The Ostrander Judging Committee for 5 years, and an Associate Company Member and board member at Theatre Works @ The Evergreen Theatre.
Mary Ann holds an AS in Speech & Theatre and received her BA from The University of Memphis in Professional Studies.
Mary is currently a grad student at The University of Memphis Public Administration Master's program, with plans to seek a doctorate in Creative Writing.
Mary Ann has 4 children, LaShondra, Tomecka, Latrell, Jimmy Jr., and 7 grandchildren, Emmanual, Akya, Quintin Jr., Randy Jr., Jonah, Christie Joann, and Joi! Mary Ann has 1 cat, 'Ms. Kitty' that keeps her company throughout the day.
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