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Faculty Profiles

Mary-Lu Zahalan

Mary-Lu Zahalan

Faculty, Bachelor of Music Theatre


Contact Info: Office: E101 Ext. 2711

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, Missing Treasures, and several made-for-TV movies. 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 has been producing films such as KARMA and Curveballs, which are shorts that have featured in numerous international film festivals. In 2008, she produced her first feature film, Poker Night, which aired on the Super Channel in Canada. Her production company, High C Productions Inc., is developing three feature films, a psychological thriller, a dark comedy, and a dance movie. 

Mary-Lu is the creator and head of the Commercial Vocal Department in the Music Theatre program. 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.

Along with publishing Cultural Capital: The Beatles in Canada through Chicago publisher, The Beatle Works, Mary-Lu is currently working on two books. One book chronicles and celebrates her adventures as a ‘mature student’ in Liverpool, and the other expands upon her research regarding the Beatles reception in Canada.