Mary Coustas – Conference Gala & National Awards MC
Mary Coustas is a writer/performer well known for her performance in Wogs out of Work and for her character Effie developed for the high rating TV sitcom Acropolis Now. She won a Best Comedy Performer Logie Award for performing the character Effie. Back on stage, she then went on to appear in the record breaking theatrical shows Wog A Rama and her one woman show Waiting for Effie, which toured nationally throughout Australia. Mary joined the cast of Sylvia for Sydney Theatre Company, gaining high praise for portraying a dog on stage. Mary’s other TV Credits include Skirts, Wildside, Grass Roots and The Secret Life of Us and recently Rake 2. She also earned herself an AFI Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Mull and appeared in Nirvana Street Murder and Hercules Returns. Mary has written for, and performed in, her TV show Greeks on The Roof , based on her character Effie’s family home TV Studio. As Effie has so much to say, Mary allowed her to write a book, Effie’s Guide To Being Up Yourself , which has been published and acclaimed for tackling youth self esteem. Most recently Mary’s book All I Know was published by Allen and Unwin and touched the heart’s of the nation after her appearance on 60 Minutes.
After wowing audiences with her show A Date With Effie, the Greek Goddess launched her show Effie The Virgin Bride in 2016 at The Comedy Theatre in Melbourne and went on to tour to Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. In 2017 Mary, embarked on an encore season of Effie The Virgin Bride in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, and premiere seasons in Adelaide and Darwin. Loving being back on stage, Mary joined forces with Nick Giannopoulos and Sooshi Mango to perform a new stage show Star Wogs – touring nationally. In 2019 Mary toured her stage show Effie in Love Me Tinder nationally until covid shut down the country in 2020. Undeterred Mary launched her Effie stage show Better Out Than In in 2021. Mary’s new stage show This Is Personal premiered at the Sydney Opera House in May 2022 to rave reviews and continues to tour the nationally.