Songwriter (sometimes pretty good), painter (bad) and skateboarder (awful). The winner of the 2013 Bistro Award for Songwriting, Mary Liz won the 2015 Ellen Schwartz Award from BMI for "outstanding literary merit in lyric writing" and the 2011 Harrington award from BMI for "outstanding creative achievement in musical theater." Currently working on a new musical (book, music, lyrics), "Sister Ann" - about a nun in 1970 who starts to break a few rules, finds she likes it, and breaks a few more. Also in the works: "Body and Soul," based on the 2006 documentary of the same name by filmmaker Alice Elliot, and "The Good Girl," a musical about, well, trying to do the right thing when the right thing is the impossible thing. Mary Liz has won two MAC awards, for "Christmas in Michigan," and for "Bacon."
Mary Liz has performed solo shows of her original music at The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama, and Danny’s, all in NYC, and at The Gardenia, in LA, and was particularly thrilled to have opened for the late, great, John Wallowitch in one of his last shows at Danny’s in NYC. Her songs are sung by theater and cabaret artists across the country, including absolutely bang-up versions of “Bacon” and "Christmas in Michigan" by the cabaret powerhouse Sharon McNight.