There’s a new woman sitting in the Rochester Repertory Theatre’s ‘Director’s Chair’ this fall. But, make no mistake; Mary Bruns Pyfferoen has been a member of the Rep family for years. Since the Rep’s production of Two By Two in 1996, she’s been a house manager, an usher, as well as a hostess for Rep receptions.
However, Mary’s artistic side was more hesitant to appear. Her gift as a playwright was recognized in the summer of 2012 with the production of her original 10-minute play, “Scent of Lilacs,” as a part of the Rep’s Reflections in a Mirror. Mary the actress, waited to grace the Rep stage for the first time as the hysterically funny Italian housekeeper in the Rep’s 2016 production of Enchanted April, a play directed by her daughter, Amanda, herself a first time director at the Rep.
Now we have come full circle and are excited to welcome Mary Pyfferoen as the director of the first production in the Rep’s 2016 – 2017 season, the gently risqué, always charming musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Mary’s love and dedication to theater is reflected in her amazing history of work as a playwright, actor, director, and teacher with Rochester Civic Theatre, Chatfield Western Days, Mantorville Opera House, Stewartville Community Theatre, and Red Wing Historical Society.
However, Lourdes High School is where the greatest wealth of Mary’s work has been shared. She has been a teacher in Rochester’s Catholic Schools for 34 years and has shared her love of theater with students of all ages, both in the classroom and onstage. She is inspired when she sees creativity blossom in young people. She was an instructor in RCT’s summer theater program for 15 years before founding the Rochester Catholic Schools Summer Theatre Camp in 2012, where she continues to serve as Director. She was director of the St. Francis Raven Theatre for 6 years. At Lourdes High School she has directed the “One Acts” for 11 years and fall productions for 7 years. Add two musicals to that repertoire and the success of her two adult children in theater is easily understood.
The Rep is thrilled that Mary has finally been able to clear her busy schedule as a teacher to join our team of directors. What could be more appropriate than for her to join the team by conducting a spelling bee.
Can you spell W-E-L-C-O-M-E?!
—Written by Jeanne Skattum