Member of the Order of Australia

On Australia Day 1999, Mary Lopez was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to the Performing Arts and the development of talented young Australian Entertainers. The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level and nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public.

The purpose of the Order of Australia is to recognise, by national honour, those who have made outstanding contributions that benefit their communities, and ultimately our country.The Governor-General approves appointments and awards in the General Division on the recommendation of the Council of the Order of Australia. The second purpose of the Order of Australia is that it serves to define, encourage and reinforce community standards, national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging actions and achievement and thereby identifying role models at all levels and in all spheres of the community. While endeavour may have been sustained over many years, as in Mary’s case, in essence, membership of the Order of Australia is not an award for long service but for outstanding service.

Mary’s success as a producer/director emanates from her flair for capturing the spirit of Australia through themed productions in huge cast variety spectaculars and special performance events. She has created over 60 major productions, many of which have been televised. She developed the direction concepts for the two annual productions, the Schools Spectacular and an Australian Christmas.

In 1991, she created the Talent Development Project and assumed the role of Creative Director. The program uses a unique teaching program, devised by Mary, which prepares outstandingly talented young Australians for a career in the music and entertainment industry. Her personal belief in the talent of young performers has led her to devote all her working years to their development.

  • Dawn Fraser AO

    "Mary's given more young Australian performers a chance to shine than any other Australian I know"

  • Paula Duncan

    “I consider Mary Lopez one of the true talent discoverers. She has found and established some of the great talents of Australia, including Human Nature"


    "Mary Lopez is a wonderful Australian and a generous giver"
  • John Williamson, Country Singer

    "Mary loves Australia and this love shines through in everything she does"

  • Father Chris Riley

    "In the words of Batchelor Girl – Mary encourages and gives our kids ‘permission to shine’"

  • Human Nature

    “Mary believed in us … she nurtured us, developed our talent. She’s always there for us and we’ll always be there for her.”

  • Contact Details

    Mary Lopez AM

    Entertainment and Talent Director
    TDP Artistic Director and CEO
    Emeritus Director Schools Spectacular

    p: +61 (0)2 9954 5540



    "Mary Lopez is one of the most professional, dynamic, dedicated and enthusiastic people I have ever met"
  • Bound For Broadway Documentary

  • 2011 TDP Graduation Screening on Aurora TV

    2011 Talent Development Project Graduation Spectacular

    Premiere Screening 6pm on September 24th

    Aurora TV, Channel 183 on Foxtel and Austar

    Aurora TV is the proud Broadcast Partner of the TDP