MARI LYN HENRY

The Profession of Acting
Author of How to be a Working Actor

Mari Lyn Henry has guided thousands of actors to successful careers in film, TV and theatre for over 45 years. Upon leaving her position as Director of Casting, East Coast for ABC/NY, which she held for over thirteen years, she launched an image and career coaching business. Her workshops on on-camera audition techniques, sight reading, script analysis and impression management have been well-received in cities and universities throughout the U.S. as well as Toronto, London, Oxford and Sydney. 

For 30 years the 'bible of the biz' has received praise from industry professionals, educators, and celebrities. As a guest faculty member at the Circle in the Square Theatre School, she advises the second year students about career preparation and monologue auditions. She is the Dean of Students for the Tom Todoroff Conservatory in New York City, where she teaches the business of acting. For several years she also has been the industry showcase consultant for the New World School of the Arts in Miami. She has been a board member and V.P. of Programs for the League of Professional Theatre Women (www.theatrewomen.org) and is head of their heritage program. In 2013 she founded the Society for the Preservation of Theatrical History which produces a program about famous actresses of the past entitled Stage-Struck Sampler. An eight-minute clip of the first program at the Snapple Theatre Center can be viewed at the website: societyforthepreservationoftheatricalhistory.com. Facebook page: facebook.com/SPTheatricalHistory Blog: www.howtobeaworkingactor.blogspot.com.  

She earned her BA in Speech and Drama at San Jose State University and a Master's degree in Theatre from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

"Work is love made visible." Kahlil Gibran