Mary Jane Pories
Bio: Mary Jane Pories, M.A.T. is a member of the Actors Equity Association, a Certified Practitioner in Applied Improvisation, and an award-winning actor/improviser, a former main stage cast member of the The Second City - Detroit, entrepreneur, writer and painter. Her improvisational approach to life and art results in works that are energetic, surprising, and emotional. A colorist by nature, her bold use of hue and playful approach to form, reveal her influences from Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism. In her nonfiction book, Yes, And! Harnessing the Power of Improvisation to Transform Your Life and Work, Mary Jane shares her knowledge of how to be ready for the unexpected and "yes and" your way to creative opportunities and more fun. In 2019, she was accepted as an Associate Artist-in-Residence in fiction writing at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida with Bonnie Jo Campbell. With undergraduate degrees in Art and English, Mary Jane's worked as the Art Director/Graphic Designer for a small magazine. After receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching, she, taught art, literature, and writing at the high school level, and served as adjunct faculty at Calvin College and Kendall College of Art and Design. Mary Jane is a member of Grand Valley Artists and has studied at Bennington College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and studied under Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Carolyn Fehsenfeld and Tony Couch. In 2015, she was Artist-In-Residence in Petosky, MI and most recently, exhibited work at the Franciscan Center, Celebration of the Arts, ArtPrize, All Art Works Online Gallery, ArtWalk in Grand Haven, MI and Salaan Magazine.