Mary Rachel Gardner, nickname MayRay, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area by a big Greek family. Known for her sense of humor and genuine presence, since she was a child, Mary Rachel loved sharing stories and challenging perspectives with almost anyone.
She graduated from USC in 2013 with a major in Acting and double minor in Business and Film Production; she also spent a semester abroad studying at a theatre conservatory in London. Mary Rachel has been performing since she was six years old; constantly active with dance, musical theatre, and filmmaking. While at USC, she acted in numerous student films and had the pleasure of performing in Top Girls as Patient Griselda/Nell, and Trystan and Ysuelt as a Love-spotter. Mary Rachel wrote, produced, and acted in some of her own short films as well.
While theatre and acting are significant players in her life, she is also passionate about the “behind the scenes” aspects of entertainment. Mary Rachel worked at several production companies, such as Steve Carell’s Carousel Productions and agencies such as William Morris Endeavor. She even had the incredible opportunity to work at The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she learned about the production and operation elements of running a live television show.
All of these amazing experiences have further fueled her passion for entertainment; which is why Mary Rachel is currently pursuing her acting, writing and producing career in Los Angeles. Since graduating from USC, she has starred as the lead in several plays, musicals and short independent films, one that is submitting to Sundance this 2016, and was a featured dancer in the upcoming feature-length film Breaking Legs. She has also developed many of her own independent projects with her production company Kalliste Zoe Productions; including music videos, parodies, comedic sketches and short films.
Mary Rachel is eager and ready to contribute her talents and collaborate professionally with others in the entertainment industry. She truly feels at home when entertaining others, whether she is on the stage, in front of or behind the camera. These past few years have reassured her that she has found her niche and is truly looking forward to the new adventures ahead.
Unique traits: I'm Greek and a really good whistler!
The Escape Plan
Film by Jordan Tandowsky (Short, Action and Thriller) Actress Based on the Stephen King story, "In the Deathroom." Trapped in a bloody room with masked captors, Lieutenant Fletcher seems to have no options for survival. Soon it becomes clear that his attackers, a domestic terrorist group, are interrogating Fletcher for his knowledge of an upcoming FBI raid. Desperate, he takes advice from three distinct sections of his psyche. Fletcher must decide which one to listen to in order to free himself before he runs out of time. Written by Jordan Tandowsky
The Dark Tapes
Film (Horror, Sci-Fi and Thriller) Actress Radical Found-Footage Horror Anthology of Five Original Intelligent Stories.
You Have a Nice Flight
Film (Comedy, Drama and Romance) Actress Add a Plot »
Film by Tony Cella (Short and Comedy) Actress A bitter waiter plays pranks on an obnoxious American couple during their spring break in Acapulco.
A Night Without Friends
Film by Mary Rachel Gardner (Short and Comedy) Actress It's Kelsey's birthday tonight, so she along with some good friends enjoy a fun night out at the club. As they make their way to a lovely 'Shakespearean' style balcony, their view ends up being ridiculously entertaining.
Jesus the Christ
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Film by Mark Marchillo (Family and Musical) Actress It's 'Footloose' meets 'Mean Girls' as high school freshman Bloom moves to a town where there's no place to dance - except the school dance team! But when the boyfriend of the team's lead girl falls for her, she'll have to fight to win her place amongst these venomous girls. Breaking Legs is sure one to kick your boots off and pull up your heels, as these kids dance the field away to compete for the homecoming crown at R. Murray High School. Will it be newbie Bloom, or her arch nemesis and Dance Team leader, Harmony? Watch as the two square off in this fun but odd match to the finish. Someone is doomed to 'Break a Leg' on the dance floor, or rather, the football field!
Film by Oivind Naess (Short, Drama, Family and Romance) Actress A shy 14-year-old girl with a crush on her fitness coach must compete with her older sister for his attention.
Television (Comedy) Actress Lost Angeles is a series following two stoner chicks who graduate from college and are trying to figure out adult life in LA.
The Happy Hike
Film (Short, Horror and Mystery) Actress Analessa and LaLonie have had it with work and have decided to go to a place where they can relax and unwind in the outdoors. But little do they know someone has a surprise in store for them. While the surprise is in store for Analessa and LaLonie, Sasha Fierce and "The Photographer" are scouting locations to do their next photo shoot for their models. Lots of fun in this one, so check out the film and found out how it ends. Written by james, jamaal
The Supernatural Enthusiasts Club
Television (Comedy and Fantasy) Actress
The University of Southern California
The British American Drama Academy