Variety Humanitarian Award

Mary is renowned for her incredible passion and dedication to creating a level playing field for disadvantaged young performers and those not historically mainstream. As a result, financially challenged students, Indigenous youth and those with mental or physical disabilities now have a chance to excel.

For almost 30 years, Mary has worked hard to promote these young Australians through the School Spectaculars, Talent Development Project and other major youth events. Mary succeeds by focusing on their talents rather than their disabilities.

In recognition of this work, Mary received the Variety Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2007.


  • 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"

  • 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