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ML (Mary-Lisa) Graham


ML (Mary-Lisa) Graham is an equity actor and singer. She holds a BS in Creative Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has performed as a classical and choral music soloist in a variety of theater, outdoor drama and cabaret shows. She next plays the part of Georgia Dean Rudd in Off Broadway Palm’s A Doublewide, Texas Christmas.

ML’s resume includes Doublewide Texas, The  Sound of Music, Farce of Nature, Hallelujah Girls, Mama Won’t Fly, Renee in Odd Couple: Female Version, Things My Mother Taught Me, Murder on the 19th Hole, The Savannah Sipping Society, The Dixie Swim Club (twice), The Nerd, Funny Girl, Sister Act, Show Boat, A Wonderful Life, Second Chances: A Thrift Shop Musical (twice), Footloose, Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas. She has also performed in a variety of children’s theatre shows.

She was also in the cast of Always a Bridesmaid that was playing in the Off Broadway Palm when the COVID-19 pandemic forced theaters locally and around the country to shut down.

Before relocating to Southwest Florida, Graham enjoyed a successful 12-year career in hospitality and tourism in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was Catering and Sales Manager for Radission Hotels. Following completion of The Charlotte Convention Center, she organized and ran its catering sales department, earning an EVIE (Events in Excellence) Award for Outstanding Service by the Charlotte Chapter of the International Special Events Society, an organization she has served as board member, past-president, EVIE awards chairman, member of the international board of governors and 1996 international conference chair.

ML was also a cruise ship entertainer, performing on the SS Constitution cruise ship while living in Hawaii.

When not performing, she enjoys her favorite role as wife and mom to the loves of her life, Greg and Grayson and pursues her side gig, “ML Southern Belle,” refinishing and painting antique furniture.

March 8, 2019; revised November 21, 2023.

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