Meet Mary Jo McConnell as Mother Superior in SISTER ACT!
I am a native New Yorker. I attended grade school at Most Precious Blood School with the Josephite Sisters & St. Vincent Ferrer High School with the Dominican Sisters. Summer camp was at Mary Mother Mazzarello in Paterson, NJ with the Salesian Sisters. I had the privilege to sing with The NYU Choral Arts Society at Christmas Eve mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, celebrated by Pope Paul VI.
I always sang in church and the Sisters asked me if I was "going to offer my voice for God". As a little girl, I knew every lyric of The Sound Of Music film score. My parents took me to see the original production of Company as a teenager and I became an instant Sondheim fan.
I was active extracurricularly in the NYU Washington Square Players while pursuing my BSN in Nursing. After graduation, I did ten weeks of Summer Stock at the Surflight Theatre while studying my nursing boards and then went into The U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
The theatre is one of the most important morale support activities, so, I was a frequent performer even while serving my country. Judges would travel to all the base theatres around the world and award “Best Actor” trophies, so, I have my two “Army Tonys”!!!! I started my professional acting career soon after leaving the military and earned an MFA from American Conservatory Theatre In San Francisco.
I was in the Ensemble and understudied both Mother Superior and Mary Lazarus in the first National Tour of Sister Act Directed by Jerry Zaks.
My dream role is Queen Margaret in Richard III. I perform a section of one of her monologues in my short film TRUMPED which I co-wrote and produced.
When not on stage, I enjoy making films, cooking, and travel.