Marie Mascia-Mancl has decades of experience as theatrical entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and mother. As varied as her career has been, one thing has remained constant: her love for children and her knowledge that one simple story can change a life forever.
Marie began her professional career as architectural designer in NYC. Her knowledge as a mother of a chronically ill child and a designer led her to become the architectural consultant for the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital where she advised architects on how to construct a facility that would become the first family centered care hospital in Westchester County. Her daughter’s love of theater brought her to work for two local theatre companies where her background in architecture enhanced shows as she learned all aspects of theatre production.
She left those positions when her son Zach Rand landed in his first Broadway show, the revival of Les Miserables. While Zach worked in multiple Broadway shows, Marie found herself working at East of Doheny, one of NYC’s premier production offices, responsible for Broadway’s Grey Gardens, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Sweet Smell of Success, among others. While working as General Manager, she took a special interest in the company’s offshoot Broadway Kids Care, a charity that taught young Broadway performers a philanthropic sensibility and the importance of giving back to their communities. Quickly, Marie found herself in charge of the charity, where she facilitated the children’s participation with Broadway Cares Equity Fights Aids in Broadway Barks and the Broadway Flea Market and helped the children donate their time to The Actor’s Home, The Broadway League, The BKC Bake Sale, Freedom House and the Lighting of the Tiffany Snowflake among other amazing ventures. Her work with the Broadway Kids was featured on NY1 and CBS Extraordinary People .
Ultimately Marie followed her son on the National Tour of Disney’s Mary Poppins (Minneapolis & Dallas) and then the World Premiere of A Christmas Story, The Musical (Kansas City), the pre-Broadway run of Bonnie & Clyde The Musical (Sarasota) and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Durham & Boston) where she experienced the impact of touring life first hand and learned of the incredibly talented kids who blanket the country and how to help them.
Marie relocated her family to Princeton, where she lives today with her husband and four children. She continues to manage Zach’s career as he has segued into film, television, commercials and voiceovers. She co-owns the production company JEM Theatricals whose “Bringing Literacy To Life!” campaign brought together young professional and non-professional kids for the New York debut of My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life The Musical.
Marie travels the country as storyteller, career coach and inspirational speaker working in effort to help people reach for their own personal star.
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