Mary Lynn Owen

Instructor

Theater Studies

Office: Rich Building, Room 225A

Phone: 404-727-9151

Email: mowen3@emory.edu

Biography

Mary Lynn Owen has acted professionally for over 35 years.  Highlights of over 100 professional productions include:  Wit, 4,000 Miles, and Life as a Dream (English and Spanish) at Aurora Theatre; Medea, opposite Phylicia Rashad, and Elliot: a Soldier’s Fugue, both at the Alliance Theater; Six Degrees of Separation and Kimberly Akimbo at Actor’s Express; The Night of the Iguana, and The Little Foxes at Theater in the Square; The Glass Menagerie at Georgia Shakespeare; Third, and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife at Horizon Theatre; Dividing the Estate at Theatrical Outfit;  The Last Night of Ballyhoo at Georgia Ensemble Theater; and Statements After an Arrest, She Stoops to Conquer, and The Time of Your Life at Theatre Emory.

Mary Lynn joined the acting faculty of the Emory University Theater Studies Department in 2002, teaching Acting Fundamentals.  Her work has expanded to include an annual class at Oxford College, directing in Theater Emory, and the development of a partnership with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  In 2015, after being invited to attend the Encuentro Theater Festival in Los Angeles, Mary Lynn directed a reading of La Casa de Bernarda Alba, using Spanish and Theater students.  The success of this project prompted the first, “Taller de Teatro en Español,”/Workshop of Theater in Spanish - an upper level class for advanced Spanish speakers, co-taught with Professor Elva Gonzalez, in which acting technique and scene study were used as tools for increasing Spanish language facility. Elva and Mary Lynn, recipients of grants from Emory’s Center for Creativity and Center for Engaged Learning, have since been awarded a “Side Car” class, in which Emory students will explore stories of identity, practice storytelling techniques, and perform their stories before an audience.

A six-time nominee for the Suzi Award, a Suzi winner for Best Featured Actress in The Little Foxes, and a nominee for the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, Mary Lynn has also twice been cited by the Atlanta Journal and Constitution as “Best Actress in a Leading Role,” and named one of “Atlanta’s Top Ten Actresses” by The Sunday Paper.  In 2015 she was selected as a recipient of the Alliance Theater’s Reiser Lab Award, based on the submission of her one-woman show, Followed by the Moon.  Recent film credits include the award-winning independent film, The Bread Squeezer, the feature film, One Missed Call, and the upcoming web series, Walter Frisk Let’s Go.  Mary Lynn is a member of Actor's Equity Association and Sag-AFTRA.