Mary-Lu Zahalan | SongStudio Songwriting Workshop

Mary-Lu Zahalan

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Mary-Lu Zahalan

Mary-Lu Zahalan is a Juno-nominated recording artist with three C.D’s to her credit. She was signed to a publishing deal with Sony Music and worked with such renowned producers as David Foster and Humberto Gatica.

She has numerous TV and film credits including The Third Miracle with Ed Harris, Exhibit A, Twice In A Lifetime, PSI Factor, Top Cops, Ready Or Not and Missing Treasures. Mary-Lu has appeared in hundreds of television commercials and has done countless voice-overs and jingles. She starred in the Dora-award-winning PumpBoys and Dinettes and then went on to headline a tour of the Middle East for the Canadian Armed Forces.

Mary-Lu is the creator and head of the Commercial Vocal Department in the Music Theatre program at Oakville’s Sheridan Institute of Advanced Learning and Technology. She is also an Honours graduate of this program. She now holds the distinction of being a Professor of Popular Music Theory and Performance after completing her Masters (cum laude) in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society at Liverpool Hope University in the UK.  Mary-Lu’s dissertation, Cultural Capital:The Beatles in Canada was published in 2011 by The Beatle Works (Chicago, IL).

In 2014, Mary-Lu produced No Chance in Hell, a pop musical awarded Best of the Fest and Patron’s Pick at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival written by Chris John and Kevin Fox.  It was awarded Best of Fringe and Patron’s pick and was nominated for Best Fringe Musical at the 2014 awards.

Most recently, Mary Lu’s company High C Productions co-produced a New York reading of No Chance In Hell. The cast assembled for this reading included a stellar collection of current Broadway Stars and key Broadway veterans including: Chilina Kennedy & Scott Campbell (current stars of the Broadway hit Beautiful – and also Sheridan Alumni) as well as Robert Cuccioli  (Tony nominated star of Jekyll & Hyde).