Mary Rawson is an actor. She is also a teaching artist in COPA, the Conservatory of Performing Arts of Point Park University, where she is a member of The REP, the university’s professional theatre company. For her portrayal of Violet in The REP’s production of August Osage County, she was honored as Performer of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Also for The REP, she appeared in the world premieres of Amy Hartman’s Chicken Snake and Tammy Ryan’s In the Shape of a Woman and FBI Girl. Some of her favorite roles include: for Pittsburgh Public Theater, Mom in True West; for City Theatre, Aiofe in Outside Mullingar and Mrs. Young in Honus and Me; and, for PICT Theatre, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, Miss Havisham in Great Expectations, Izzie in House & Garden, and Pauline in Thomas Kilroy’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, set in the west of Ireland. For Quantum Theatre, favorite roles include Elizabeth in Andrew Bovell’s When the Rain Stops Falling, Micheleine in the American premiere of Abi Morgan’s Splendour, and the title role in the American premiere of David Harrower’s one-woman play, Ciara. In addition to stage work, she performs as a film actor and does radio and television commercials, narrations, and voiceovers. She was a longtime member of the Improv group Pittsburgh Theatre Sports, and for many years worked as an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, writing and producing documentaries and dramas for national television, including Medea starring Zoe Caldwell and Dame Judith Anderson. But her all-time favorite role is Cousin Mary on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. A proud member of SAG-AFTRA and ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION, Mary Rawson has been teaching in the Carnegie Mellon Drama Pre-College since 2002.