Mary F. Unser is a writer and actor. Samaritan is the recipient of the Kennedy Center´s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award supported by VSAarts. Her play The Only Gift was a semi-finalist for the O´Neill Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights´ Center´s PlayLabs Festival and the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference (all 2006). The play also helped make Unser a finalist for a 2006 Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights´ Center and was chosen as part of the 2005 Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Summer New Play Festival (Pittsburgh).
Unser´s short plays include Belly, Temporaria, Coffee Incident #2, Between Siddhartha and the Angel, The Pledge, Buttergator and Tight.
As a screenwriter, Unser won the CMU Alfred P. Sloan Science Teleplay Competition for Love Chance that was taped in May 2005 and aired on PBS in January 2006. Additionally, she was a finalist for the CMU Sloan Screenwriting Competition in 2005 and 2006.
She has taught beginning and advanced playwriting at CMU, playwriting at the Pittsburgh Public Theater and dramaturged for City Theatre Company´s (Pittsburgh) Young Playwrights Festival. She has read plays for City Theatre Company as well as the 2003 and 2004 New York International Fringe Festival.
Unser, a two time recipient of a Schubert Fellowship for Dramatic Writing, graduated with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing in 2006. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York City) and Actors´ Equity Association. She holds a B.A. in Biology from St. Anselm College and was valedictorian of her bartending class. As an actor, she has most recently worked at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Women´s Project and the Neighborhood Playhouse.