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Mary-Ann Vale – Director/Senior Agent

Mary-Ann was previously the General Manager of Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. She was a founding member of Tightrope Theatre Co in Sydney and worked at Griffin Theatre Company at the Stables Theatre in Sydney for 9 years. Her roles there included Board Member, Administration, Membership Secretary, Front of House Manager and Producer of the Sunday Cabaret and the Performers Club. Mary-Ann was awarded “Life Member” at Griffin Theatre Co in 2001 and The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation (now in partnership with NIDA) in 2000.

Moving to Noosa for 10 years saw her producing for The Drama Queens and assistant producer and Director for Theatre ‘s’. During that time, she also ran her own business as a Teacher of Acting, personal management to a singer and directed 25 plays including the main productions for The Noosa Long Weekend Festival. She was Assistant Director of Rabbit Hole for QTC in 2008 and also directed “Spirits in Bare Feet” at USQ for the Breez Finance Children’s Festival 09. She also conducted acting workshops at USQ.

Through Arts QLD she gained grants to attend “Acting for Camera” workshops in Paris in 2005 and The World Conference Shakespeare Master Classes in 2006. Mary-Ann is a Performing Arts- graduate DDIAE (now known as USQ). She worked professionally as an actress in Sydney for 18 years in theatre, TV & film and also produced and directed. Mary-Ann has also had experience as a Casting Director for TVC’s in the past couple of years.

Raquel Bénassy – Agent

Raquel has been in love with the performing arts her whole life. Her career began with dance, which she studied at The Queensland Dance School of Excellence (QDSE) and later at the Victorian College of Arts (VCA). Raquel became intrigued with acting and traveled to London when she was accepted into Rose Bruford College. During her time there she achieved a first-class BA (Hons) in Acting. Raquel has leveraged both her dancing and acting skills and has performed professionally in Europe and Australia.

For the past two years, Raquel has been part of the BMEG team in a casual role and as an acting coach. She hopes to provide common sense advice along with sensitive and creative guidance for performers who want to master their craft. She is thrilled to now consolidate all of her experience as the Commercial Agent with BMEG.