A director, Artistic Director, Festival Director, playwright, teacher and actor who has worked across the country, Vingoe is celebrated for co-founding four major companies in Canada. She is the founding Artistic Director of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at Canada’s National Arts Centre in Ottawa, co-founder and past Artistic Director of Toronto’s Nightwood Theatre, co-founder and past co-Artistic Director of Ship’s Co. Theatre in Parrsboro, NS and co-founder and past Artistic Director of The Eastern Front Theatre in Halifax. Vingoe has directed and taught at theatres and universities across the country including Canada's National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Theatre School and Neptune Theatre. She is also a noted Canadian playwright. Her 2013 play Refuge published by Scirocco Press, was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award and was short listed for the 2016 Governor General's Award for Drama. Her new play Some Blow Flutes was nominated for Best New Play at the Merritt Awards in 2019. Some Blow Flutes is published by Scirocco Press.
Mary Vingoe is the recipient of many awards most notably Nova Scotia's Portia White Award for artistic excellence. In 2011 Vingoe was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contribution to Canadian theatre.