Mari Lyn has been teaching audition techniques, career preparation, marketing strategies, and impression management in workshops and seminars for over thirty years. Drama majors in theatre departments at universities across the country, actors in regional markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Portland, Oregon, Louisville, Nashville, Orlando, Detroit, Washington, DC., Seattle, Kansas City, St. Louis, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, Dallas, Houston, Providence, and Hartford and actors in training at the prestigious Circle in the Square Theatre School and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts have been educated about the realities of the professional marketplace. She has been a guest teacher for an on-camera course at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford and recently lectured at the Australian Institute of Performing Arts in Sydney.



Time: 2 hours with Q and A

This seminar will cover the following topics:

  • The Tools of the Trade
    • Photos, photo/resumes, DVD reels, postcards, biz cards
  • Marketing Strategies
    • The art of self promotion: Knowing who the players are
    • The cover letter
    • Creating your own unique brand
    • Finding your niche: The roles you were born to play
  • Looking for Work
    • Networking opportunities
    • Building relationships with agents, casting directors, managers
  • Creating Your Own Vehicle
    • Guidelines for Showcases
    • Presentation, Promotion, Publicity
  • Cyberbiz
    • Internet Opportunities
    • Developing a Web site
    • Smell the Scam

A Handout is provided.


Time: 2-3 hours with Q and A


In this “hands-on” seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to dress for the interview and the audition
  • Find a unique style
  • Discover the best colors to complement skin tones, hair color and eyes
  • Develop a core wardrobe and save money
  • Put together the best package for the individual's personality
  • Prepare for the photo shoot
  • Fine-tune the resume

"Actors work and slave, and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end."

Helen Hayes, the first lady of the American Theatre

"Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful. I just know what to do with them."

Marlene Dietrich



On Camera Audition Techniques (Saturday and Sunday)

Seminar on the Business on Friday evening (optional)

Day One: AM Session 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Scripts will be distributed to participants as well as guidelines for script analysis and cold reading techniques.

                  PM Session 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Scenes will be rehearsed, taped, and critiqued.

Day Two will depend on number of participants. If there are two different groups (approximately 20 to 24 in each session), the taping will occur on the second day. There can be one group on Saturday from 10-6 and another group on Sunday.

Sponsor will provide air travel and accommodations. Fees are negotiable.


"I think you could tell from the students' response how grateful they were and how enthusiastic they were about the content of your workshops and you. That sort of professional, in-the-trenches information you bring is so valuable and so welcome."

-- Dr. David Shelton, Department of Theatre and Dance,
University of Florida, Gainesville


"We are truly fortunate to have had the benefit of your workshop. Your approach to a very difficult and sometimes elusive subject is down-to-earth, based in real experience and seasoned with your candor and caring.”

-- Malcolm Morrison, Dean, The Hartt School, Hartford, CT


"Our students very much enjoy their classes with Mari Lyn and find the information they absorb to be most useful in preparing to pursue a career.  Her working experience in the profession lends tremendous credibility to all that she has to share with our students."

-- E. Colin O'Leary, Theatre School Director,
Circle in the Square, NYC