began in the commercial film and entertainment business 20
years ago as a model and actor. Finding a passion for the
other side of the camera, she began working as a P.A. and
steadily moved up to positions of Wardrobe/Makeup, Props Manager,
Talent Coordinator, 2nd A.D., 1st A.D., Producer, and Director.
As a filmmaker with a vision, MaryLee takes a daring approach
to create strong stories with characters that are emotionally
complex, at times contradictory, and certainly not one-dimensional.
graduating from the University of Dayton, cum laude, with
a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, MaryLee moved to Colorado
and began working in film and commercial productions, eventually
finding her niche as a director and producer.
produced projects with other local creatives, then MaryLee
stepped into the role of director, with a desire to create
entertaining, character-driven stories.
2011 MaryLee premiered her debut film, The Necklace,
an award-winning short she produced and directed. Featuring
music by Dido, The Necklace is an empowering drama
starring Kimberlin Brown (The Young and The Restless)
and Traci Dinwiddie (Supernatural). The Necklace
has screened at film festivals throughout the U.S. and in
was then hired by the U.S. Air National Guard's Wingman Project,
a suicide prevention program, to create her second award-winning
film, Ashley Waits.
2013 MaryLee wrote her first feature screenplay. She has also
stepped back in front of the camera to act in several short
films including The Bike Ride and Ultimate Bike
Race Fan (co-director).
2016 she directed the short film, Beggar Girl, a challenging
look into the intracacies of Middle East politics and the
news media. The film was scored by Acadamy Award winning composer,
in Los Angeles, MaryLee
is honored to be a member of Women in Film.
MaryLee's take on captivating storytelling is simple: Draw
them in, make them feel, then let them go. Inspired.