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MARY E NAPIER - Writer / Artist / Performer

Born in Adelaide, MARY E NAPIER began her career as an artist upon arriving to Sydney NSW, during the mid-80s. Exploring visual and performance mediums, Mary worked as an exhibiting artist, and as a vocalist and percussionist in bands ranging from rock, jazz, experimental, cabaret, world music through to performing arts.

In the early nineties, Mary migrated to the Blue Mountains and then further to the Western Region of NSW. There she continued to follow her path as a visual artist and performer, and became involved in community arts through her initiative to develop and run theatre, short film and visual art projects, working with young people and people with disabilities.

With a history as a lyricist, Mary made her debut as a solo spoken word performer at the 2000 Hobart Fringe Festival, appearing for cabaret events as an elusive character named 'Ondine Perot' who combines A Cappella and poetry within her performance.

A resident of Hobart since then, Mary's writing has broadened to prose, screenplay and scriptwriting for theatre and radio. In 2002, she received a Mentorship through the Tasmanian Writers' Centre to work with scriptwriter, Belinda Bradley, in developing a play for radio. Later in 2003, she was chosen by Screen Tasmania to participate in 'Cut and Polish', a Mentorship program working with scriptwriter and editor, Ranald Allan, to develop a feature film script.

Mary E Napier has appeared as a musician, character and spoken word performer for various festivals including: the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1988), the Byron Bay Blues Festival (1996), the Winter Magic Festival - Katoomba, NSW (1998), the Cygnet Folk Festival - TAS (1999, 2001, 2002 and 2004), the Taste of Tasmania (2002), the Launceston Festivale (2002) and the Hobart Fringe Festival (2000, 2001 and 2003). She has also worked behind the scenes creatively for festivals and events, including the Hobart Fringe Festival (2001) and the Tasmanian Readers' and Writers' Festival (2003).

Mary continues to work as a performer and writer, her projects including performance readings and collaborative works with fellow musicians. In 2004, her intention is to continue developing the second draft of her feature film and to produce an illustrated book of poetry and prose, accompanied by a musical soundtrack CD.

Mob. 0409 558 250
Email: maryenapier@yahoo.com.au


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