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Mary McCallum received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University (cum laude) in 1994 and her M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2000. She founded SistaStyle Productions in 2001 for the purpose of providing opportunities for "hidden" talent in our community. Since its inception, SistaStyle has created opportunities for many talented entertainers, including writers, directors, actors and technicians to showcase their gifts.

Mary has written and directed "I'm Going Home"( 2007) and “The Balm of Love” (2008) and “Peace In The Valley (2009) for The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. Mary has produced theatrical productions for the Nashville Community, including: "Love's Light In Flight", "Green Honey Love", "Shakin' The Mess Outta Misery", "The Story", "Pretty Fire", “Waitin’ 2 End Hell”, “In Real Life” and “The Desire”. In February 2007, Mary also co-produced and assistant-directed "My Soul Is A Witness" with Metro Nashville Parks. "My Soul Is A Witness" was adapted from slave narratives and performed at many historical sites around Nashville and for Mayor Purcell. “My Soul Is A Witness” was nominated for a 2007 Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Award.

Mary is also an accomplished actress and has performed with many theater companies in Nashville and surrounding cities. Her appearances include "A Raisin In the Sun" (Patterson Park Murfreesboro), "Lysistrata" (People's Branch Theatre), "Home on the Morning Train" (Theatre Craft), "American Menu" (American Negro Playwright Theatre), "Black Nativity" (Amun Ra Theatre) and “The Face of Emmett Till” (Murfreesboro Little Theatre).

Mary is also co-Founder of the Shades of Black Theatre Festival. The goal of the festival is to Unite, Learn, and Celebrate by providing an artist outlet to Nashville and surrounding cities, as well as to provide a platform for actors, directors, producers, writers and theatre enthusiasts to network and learn. She received the "Right On" award for her theater work and artistic contributions from TN Style Magazine in 2007

In 2008, Mary received the “Volunteer of the Year” award for work her work with the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. Her play, “The 70% Club” also appeared in The New York International Fringe Festival and the Capital Fringe Festival (D.C.) in 2008. “The 70% Club” was made into a feature film and was the winner of the 2009 International Black Film Festival of Nashville “Best Feature”. It was released by Maverick Entertainment in June 2010. Her play “The ‘D’ Word” was accepted into the Manhattan Rep. Winterfest and played in New York City in March 2010. Her play “Fly, Girl!” is based on the life of Bessie Coleman, the first African American female aviator. It has appeared at the D.C. Black Theatre festival and is currently running at Next Level Entertainment in Nashville. Her play “Hunger In Paradise” was selected for the 2011 Reader’s Theatre at the prestigious National Black Theatre Festival.

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The Atlanta Opera Announces Teams For 96-HOUR OPERA PROJECT, June 9-12

The Atlanta Opera has announced that five creative teams have been selected to participate in the second annual 96-Hour Opera Project, a composition competition and showcase that pairs composers and librettists to write ten-minute operas. Bringing their completed works to Atlanta, the teams will workshop and rehearse their productions over four days from June 9–12, with travel, housing, singers, pianists and rehearsal space provided.

Portland Opera To Go Presents the World Premiere of BEATRICE

Tickets are on sale for the world premiere of Beatrice, by composer Dave Ragland and librettist Mary McCallum, commissioned for the fall 2022 Portland Opera to Go (POGO) tour. Beatrice is a 50-minute youth opera inspired by the life and story of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, a prominent leader in Oregon's cultural community and civil rights movement of the early 1900s.


Producers Richard Bell, N'Kenge, Park Row Equity Partners, Tegan Summer, Sam Williams, Michael Loeb and Derow Enterprises, in association with Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts, announce the presentation of “The Songs of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical,” selections from the upcoming production of Dorothy Dandridge! The Musical, with book and lyrics by Trey Ellis and music and lyrics by Shelton L. Becton, directed by Tamara Tunie at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Review: Impressively Original THAT WOMAN Presents Stunning Portraits of Women Involved With JFK

First conceived prior to the global Covid 19 pandemic and nurtured through those dark and challenging times by Gimlin and Breen, the two halves of THAT WOMAN have finally debuted at Nashville’s Darkhorse Theatre this week and will continue there and at The East Room in East Nashville through June 29, affording audiences throughout the city an opportunity to see this unique collection of original works of art close to home.

The Friday 5(+1) on Thursday: THAT WOMAN - THE MONOLOGUE SHOW Opens at Darkhorse Theater Tonight

Opening tonight at Darkhorse Theater in Nashville is That Woman – The Monologue Show, which explores the stories of women who involved or rumored-to-be involved with President John F. Kennedy. Co-written by Nashville-area women playwrights and actors, it is performed by a diverse ensemble of actors who bring the women to life “in a fascinating look at a lesser-known aspect of history and a thought-provoking and entertaining evening of theatre.”

THAT WOMAN- THE MONOLOGUE SHOW and THAT WOMAN- THE DANCE SHOW to Be Presented in Tandem at the Darkhorse Theatre

The Darkhorse Theatre is set to stage tandem productions of That Woman- The Monologue Show and That Woman- The Dance Show. Ticket for all shows are now on sale at The Monologue Show will take place for one night only, while the Dance Show will perform on multiple days. Find more information about the shows and performance schedules below. 

Portland Opera Commissions New Piece For Portland Opera To Go Program

Portland Opera has announced the creation of a new opera by composer Dave Ragland and librettist Mary McCallum for the fall 2022 Portland Opera to Go tour. Currently untitled, this 50-minute commission is inspired by the life and story of Beatrice Morrow Cannady, a prominent leader in Oregon's cultural community and civil rights movement of the early 1900s.

Tennessee Playwrights Studio Announces Directors for June and August Shows

Tennessee Playwrights Studio has announced directors for their upcoming June and August Productions.

Nashville Opera Productions Nominated For 7 Midsouth Emmys

Nashville Opera, in partnership with Sunnyside Entertainment, has received 7 nominations in the 36th MIDSOUTH EMMY AWARDS for three productions from the 2020.21 season.  

Pipeline-Collective Presents 12-Hour Theatrical Event - OUTSIDE OF HERE - Saturday, October 2

The result is Outside of Here – a work that has evolved from conversations among Lee, Sternberg, Melinda Sewak and Claudia Barnett – which will premiere this Saturday, October 2, on NECAT, Nashville’s Education, Community and Arts Television Network. For 12 hours, one performer (Sternberg plays “Her”) will experience one story dozens of times with more than 30 different actors, who comprise a veritable who’s who of Nashville’s theater community.

Tennessee Playwrights Studio Announces 2022 Season Of Theatre, Fundraising Initiative

Tennessee Playwrights Studio has announced the TPS 2022 Season of theatre with four world premieres of new works by Tennessee playwrights/creators, along with a new cohort of TPS Fellows to be selected for the playwright development lab in 2022.

TPS, DTE and SistaStyle Productions Present TPS TALKS

TPS Talks are a new initiative of TPS, DTE and SistaStyle Productions that provide real-world stories and insights from working theatre professionals to college/university classrooms, corporate events, group organizations, and more.

TPS and Angela Gimlin Present Virtual Workshop Reading of THAT WOMAN

Tennessee Playwrights Studio and Angela Gimlin (Founder and COO of Nashville's own Inebriated Shakespeare Company) present a virtual workshop reading of the to-be-produced-after-the-pandemic play, THAT WOMAN, comprised of a series of monologues from the perspectives of women who were involved (or rumored-to-be involved) with President John F. Kennedy. 

TPS Partners with SistaStyle Productions and Destiny Theatre Experience to Collaborate on Producing New Works

As a new-works-focused playwright development lab and production company, TPS recognizes that the overwhelming majority of new works by Nashville playwrights in the past 20 years have been produced by Black-owned theatre companies.

N'Kenge, Terence Archie, Tamara Tunie Set For Virtual Benefit Reading Of BLACK BUTTERFLY

Amas Musical Theatre will present a virtual benefit reading of “Black Butterfly” a surreal dramedy TV series with music, written by Mary McCallum & N'Kenge. This virtual experience will launch online beginning Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm (followed by a Q&A with the company) and will be available on demand through February 6, 2021.

TPS Presents 2020 (Virtual) Reading Festival

The pandemic has not stopped Tennessee Playwrights Studio's 2020 Fellows from creating six interesting and thought-provoking new works, which have been developed throughout the year at monthly TPS workshops and will be performed by favorite local Nashville actors on January 27-29 and February 3-5, 2021.

Mildred's Umbrella Theater Presents FEMFEST HOUSTON: BLACK WOMEN'S VOICES

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company continues their digital 2020-2021 season with the third installment of our reading series, FEMFEST HOUSTON, a series that focuses on new plays by women of various demographics. This round will be BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES,  and will feature two full plays and four short plays by African American women. 

Nashville Opera Announces 40th Anniversary Season - RIGOLETTO NOIR, CINDERELLA, and More!

Nashville Opera has announced its lineup for the 40th Anniversary Season!

BWW Review: Metzler's CRY IT OUT Engagingly Traverses the Many Challenges of Motherhood

Sharply written dialogue and an engaging story as relevant as any you are likely to see onstage nowadays are the hallmarks of Molly Smith Metzler's Cry It Out, now onstage through August 18 at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater in a superbly acted production from SistaStyle Productions and Three in a Tree Productions.

Mary McCallum's CHASING JEREMY Opens at Darkhorse on 2/16

Mary McCallum directs her latest play - Chasing Jeremy - for a February 16-24 run at Nashville's Darkhorse Theater.

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