photo by Kristin Hoebermann  photo by Kristin Hoebermann

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 ( 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: Facebook page: Blog:
    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

LYNNE ROGERS is now semi-retired but her extensive experience in the entertainment industry speaks volumes about her contributions to the longevity of How To Be A Working Actor. A professional actress with Broadway and regional theatre credits, she was for many years a leading lady on the soap operas Guiding Light, The Doctors, and A Time For Us. She has lent her golden voice to a number of nationally advertised products. Her book, The Love of Their Lives, was a series of interviews with famous soap opera actors. She also wrote an indepth feature about the turbulent history of the founding of Actors Equity Association, published in American Heritage Magazine. Her most recent publication, Working in Show Business: Behind the Scenes Careers in Theatre, Film and Television, focused on all of the occupations (other than actors) in the entertainment industry. She is a past president of the League of Professional Theatre Women and a former board member of the national and local boards of AFTRA. Elected to the Board of Governors of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, she received their medal for Distinguished Service. A native New Yorker, Lynne graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Queens College and attended the Yale School of Drama.
    Lynne and I considered this book our labor of love. We wanted to share our experience and dedication and passion with everyone who has ever had the dream to succeed in a very unpredictable career.
    As Lynne explained, 'Shortly after the first edition of How To Be A Working Actor appeared, the book was dubbed "The Bible of the Biz". The orderly pursuit of a successful acting career had become possible. Here was something like a huge road map, highlighting sensible paths to follow in the otherwise mad, mad world of Show Business. As the world pace quickened and the business changed, the 'bible' has been updated and revised five times and it is still the MUST-HAVE book!"