Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary-Colin Chisholm is a Canadian actress, playwright, and co-assistant director of the theatre companies LunaSea Theatre and Frankie Productions.


In 2000, Chisholm directed the theatrical piece called Frankie, starring Mary Ellen Maclean. Christian Murray coached movement and provided sound for the play and the three later founded the theatre company Frankie Productions.[1] Chisholm was then commissioned to write the CBC radio series He'd Be Your Mother’s Father’s Cousin, which she later adapted to for the stage.[2]

In 2005, Chisholm appeared as Christine in Daniel MacIvor's How It Works.[3] Chisholm performed in a co-op production of The Donahue Sisters by Geraldine Aron at the TNS Studio Space in Halifax in 2006. Four of the actors later decided to form a theatre company which was incorporated in 2007 as LunaSea Theatre. The company has performed, amongst others, Chisholm's To Capture Light, Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, and an all-woman production of Twelfth Night (2009).[4]

In 2008, Chisholm performed in Christian Murray's play, Bone Boy, as the mother of a child brought to life from a tooth.[5]

In 2010, Chisholm played the emergency medical technician, Eleanor Carr, in the SyFy-produced TV series Haven and she also appeared in the Canadian thriller The Corridor.

Chisholm directed Lauchie, Liza and Rory by Sheldon Currie in 2010 for the Eastern Front Theatre[6] and in 2011 for the Mulgrave Road Theatre, in association with Frankie Productions at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.[7] She also performed in Caryl Churchill's Top Girls for the LunaSea Theatre, as well as in Michel Nadeau's And Slowly Beauty ... playing the waitress Anita.[8]

In 2012, Chisholm performed the role of God in the play, Creation, and in a one-woman version of her play He'd Be Your Mother's Father's Cousin at Festival Antigonish.[2]

In 2014, Chisholm appeared in the award-winning film Cast No Shadow. Throughout her career, Chisholm received several nominations for the Robert Merritt Award.[9]

Playwright Credits

Television Credits


Year Title
2003 Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story
2008 The Memory Keeper's Daughter
2009 Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day
2010 The Corridor
2011 Cloudburst
2014 Cast No Shadow

Screen Credit Errors

Chisholm was credited as "Mary Colin Chisholm" in the TV movie Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story, "Mary-Colin Chrisolm" in the TV movie The Memory Keeper's Daughter, and "Mary-Colin Chisolm" in the film Trailer Park Boys: Countdown to Liquor Day.


  1. "About". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  2. 1 2 Debbie Johnson (July 10, 2012). "Mary Colin Chisholm comes home". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  3. Stephen Pederson (August 27, 2005). "How it Works is pure joy for Maritimers" (PDF). Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  4. "Past Shows". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  5. Max Winkelman (May 30, 2012). "Christian Murray's Bone Boy throws a hungry dog a pile of bones". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  6. "Category "Uncategorized"". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  7. Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post (April 7, 2011). "'Lauchie, Liza and Rory' on the big stage in Ottawa". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  8. Susan Walker (October 7, 2011). "And Slowly Beauty: Magical play unfolds like a beautiful dance". Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. "Robert Merritt Awards" (PDF). Retrieved October 5, 2012.

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