Mary-Carel Verden majored in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume and Make-up Design at UW-Stevens Point and her theater experience includes acting, directing, costume design, and production in Madison, Stoughton, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Most recently, Mary-Carel directed Oliver! The Musical for StageWorks Projects and is the Dramatic Director for Drakula: The Performance, A Christmas Carol Ballet, and The Nutcracker.
Mary-Carel heads the Drama Program at the Stoughton Center for the Arts, serves on the Board of Directors for StageWorks Projects, is President of the Stoughton Opera House Board, and was one of the Head Coaches for the award-winning Forensics Team at Stoughton High School. She owns Grote Publishing, a communications design and marketing firm, and has wide ranging experience with design and photography for local and national clients including magazine, catalog, and exhibit work.