It's Never To Late....
Mary is New Jersey born and bred. She was born in Newark. and is of Sicilian, Swedish and Syrian ancestry.
Her Passion for the stage and dance started at the age of 5, when she tap danced with the Lois Wicks Dance School. Years later she joined with The Joe Ruddy School of Dance and performed with him and the Union Town Players Variety Shows.
Life took a different turn and while raising her children, she went back to college, received her Funeral Director's License and helped run a successful family business.
After many years and still having the energy and passion for the performing arts, Mary made the decision to attend The New Jersey School of Performing Arts for several years, where she studied theater, TV/ Film, Voice and Body Movement. During that time, she also started with the Lois Allen School of Dance, where she currently attends, taking Tap & Jazz and performs in their ensemble shows.
Her first professional gig was at New Jersey's famed Two River Theater, where she understudied the role of "Beatrice" in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" directed by Sam Buntrock and 2 roles in Noel Coward's "Present Laughter" directed by David Lee who produced the TV show "Frasier"
Continuing her studies, she attended The Simon Studios in NYC. There she studied the classics --Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams and Chekov. During that time she performed at The Arthur Saleen Theater, Roy Arias Theater, Blue Horse Rep,and the infamous Players Club. She also was a lead in "His Father's Son" which was performed at NYC's June Havoc Theater receiving a nomination by The Midtown International Theater Festival.
Staying more close to home Mary's theater performances continued at The Westminster Arts Center, Luna Stages, The Loft @UCPAC, Hamilton Theater, Rosen Theater and The Brook Performing Arts Center.
Mary's latest theater credit is performing in the classic musical "FOLLIES" at The Westfield Theater. There she was in the ensemble and understudied 2 roles, and had to go on as the leads were sick.
She also has had the pleasure to co-direct 2 productions of an original musical "They Call It Gravy, WE Call It Sauce", where she also played one of the leads and also a production coordinator for an original short play "Three's Company 2" , performed at The Hudson Guild Theater in NYC.
Not only does Mary have a passion for theater, but her energies have also been put into TV/ Film. She has done over 10 student films, moving on to supporting and/ or leading roles in over 20 film productions.
Her latest role was in the short "Nuthin" which received an award for "Best Short Comedy Film" from the Brightside Film Festival.
ON TV, Mary has appeared in several episodes of Discovery ID, Mysteries at The Museum renactments, a PSA for NJ Transit and an updated version of the "Prince Spaghetti" commercial
It's never to late in life to start new journeys, so during all the other things, Mary joined Karate World, where to this day(after 24 years), she studies modern and Traditional Tae Kwon Do under Grandmaster Jeff Dunn. She is now known as Master Mary Bonczek.