Friday, October 18, 2013

Come hear Mary Wall, of "Parks & Recreation," "The Office"

Mary Wall is a Western New York Native--she's back in town, and she's coming to speak at Niagara University!

Join the Communication Studies Department on Tuesday, October 29 during the 11:10 - 12:30 class period in Bisgrove 351 to hear this veteran of "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation" talk about her journey through show-biz. (Inside scoop: she's looking for student assistants on an independent film production about Sabres fans!)

Mary Wall earned a BS in Civil Engineering, and a BA in Creative Writing--wow, what an odd combo!

She taught math, engineered the environment--and dropped it all to run of to the City of Angels, L.A. No, she was not "discovered" at first--played bit roles on TV shows, gave tours of Warner Brothers, and even babysat.

An informational interview led to a job with "The Office" during its first season--climbing the internal ladder from various production-assistant titles to the more prestigious "executive producer." She even debuted as a Real Actor on "Parks and Recreation" (and continued writing).

But even a Writers Guild award nomination (for a webisode--a TV series episode for online viewers) couldn't keep her away from her beloved Sabres. In addition to her indie film, she works as a part-time Recruitment Associate for Teach for America.

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