Actor, Writer & Producer
Marsha Greene has written for Global’s hit series Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, and the critically acclaimed Global/Lifetime drama Mary Kills People, for which she earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, and has a post-graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.
How do you stay motivated in this industry?
I have my dream job. I know what a gift it is to be a working writer, so I am always motivated because I can’t imagine being happy doing anything else.
Advice to someone just starting out?
Learn your craft. Read books, read scripts, learn the format, learn the structure, take a class, do whatever you can so when you get an opportunity, you’re ready.
Who impacted your career the most?
I have learned or stolen something from everyone I worked with :)
Was it luck or strategy that helped you find success?
I was strategic in making connections to get a job on Private Eyes, but it was lucky (for me) that Tara Armstrong sold Mary Kills People while we worked together.
Did you ever give up hope that you’d not make it?
I had many “dark night of the soul” moments, but I was raised to believe that if I worked hard – twice as hard, technically – anything was possible. So I kept striving.
What was your worst experience in this business?
I try not to dwell on the bad experiences. As Michelle Obama said, “When they go low, we go high.”
What was your best experience in this business?
Working on Mary Kills People. I found a friend and a writing partner in Tara, I learned a lot about the business, and I grew leaps and bounds as a writer.
How has Reelworld impacted your career?
Early in my career, I was invited to speak on a TV Writing panel at Reelworld. And it was instrumental in seeing myself as a professional writer with insights to share.
Is there a theme in the work you pick?
I gravitate to shows with female leads. I think I’m drawn to women who have different public and private personas. I like to explore vulnerability in strong women.