Mary John Frank is a New York-based director, choreographer and filmmaker. Her work blends contemporary dance, digital filmmaking, physical theater and XR to inform and uplift audiences. She has directed for companies including New York City Ballet, Condé Nast, Disney, and Google DayDream and has worked in production roles at film studios including Paramount Vantage and Warner Bros. Her choreography, films, and music video work has been featured on Vogue.com, Nowness, Afropunk, and Refinery 29, and has played at venues including Lincoln Center, the Hammer Museum, and Pioneer Works in Brooklyn.
Her current project, FROM SEA TO RISING SEA, is a 360 virtual reality experience that sheds light on how the oceans can help us to reach net zero carbon emissions. The project was made in partnership with organizations like Oceanic Global and youth climate group, Zero Hour. Other works have included collaborations with the Center For Health & Gender Equity, The National Women’s Legal Center, and Planned Parenthood. Awards and honors include Artizen’s VR Transformation Grant, Panavision’s New Filmmaker Grant, and Vimeo’s “Groundbreaking Female Filmmakers To Watch.” She was a finalist in the Tribeca Film Festival & IBM’s “Storytellers With Watson AI” competition, and received a fully funded 360 film project grant through Google, Harmony Labs, and Screenwriters Almanack (2017). She has an MFA from NYU’s Tisch Dance (2013) and loves collaborating with artists and companies to make memorable movement based works.