Mary Eden is a Manhattan-based film and theater actress and internationally produced playwright. She grew up traveling the world as a “Navy brat,” her father a Lieutenant Commander and her mother a mixed media fine artist. Eden began her career in Vancouver, BC, where favorite roles include originating the character of Rachel in Ron Reed’s Refuge of Lies at Pacific Theatre, starring in the feature film Underneath the Ash Tree, impersonating the famed JoAnne Worley in an innovative production of Godspell, as well as writing, producing, and starring in her one-act play The Selkie Wife (dir. by Kerry van der Griend). The play explored a married couple’s use of fairytale to cope with more hostile realties. Within a year of its original production, The Selkie Wife had its U.S. premiere (Heart of the Roan Productions, St. Paul, MN) and second Canadian production (Rosebud Theatre). In 2012, Eden’s one-act play (Run to the Mountain) was produced as a part of [un]BOX[ed], a collaboration of female actor/playwrights.
Eden moved to New York and participated in Labyrinth Theatre Company’s Ensemble Workshop. Shortly afterwards, she wrote and starred in a ten-minute play in collaboration with The Daisy Collective, produced at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre. In 2014 she was commissioned by Trinity Western University to write a full-length play (As Little Children) for their winter season. She recently starred in the short film City Stars, directed by Jessica Afton (Viscera Productions), playing a woman who recently lost her partner to breast cancer. Eden is drawn to stories that ask uncomfortable questions and characters that are as flawed as they are hopeful. Her work, both as actor and writer, shoulders the possibility that story is a healing force for society.