Mary Spencer Knapp is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, composer and educator based in Brooklyn. She was an original Broadway cast member of the Tony-award winning show Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and is director/front-woman of Toot Sweet & Toot Sweet's Variety Show, a psychedelic cabaret rock band and web series. Mary is also founder of The Nightingale Fam, an original children's music & film project. Mary has released two full-length albums via DIY digital record label Mama Coco's Funky Kitchen. She released her third full-length in early 2019.
Mary has made several TV appearances including the role of Neve in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll on FX, a singer-accordionist role on Steve Buscemi's Park Bench series on AOL and with the cast of The Great Comet at the 71st Annual Tony Awards. She has toured South and Central America as accordionist and backing vocalist for Dominican singer Irka Mateo Y La Tirindanga and plays regularly in New York City with traditional Colombian dance band, Cumbia River Band.
Mary graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in voice and piano. The seed for her band, Toot Sweet, germinated with her second senior thesis concert, a cabaret show in which she arranged and performed early 20th century French and German repertoire for 8-piece ensemble with original monologues. Mary grew up in Princeton, New Jersey.