Mary Lynn Owen is an Atlanta-based theater artist with a career spanning forty years. Her first play, KNEAD, a one-person play in which she also performed, baking 4 loaves of bread onstage during every performance, received its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in November 2018. KNEAD, recipient of the 2019 Gene Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, and The Alliance Theatre’s 2017 Reiser Lab Award, was also a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Mary Lynn’s second full-length play, LADY PARTS, a 2019 selection for Working Title Playwrights First Light Series, has also been selected for Theatrical Outfit’s 2020 Unexpected Play Festival. In June 2019 Mary Lynn received her first commission, a ten-minute play, TRAILERS, for the MoJo Festival, a celebration of women theater artists over forty. TRAILERS, also a selection for 2019 5X7 Project, performed at Synchronicity Theatre, will be published in an anthology by the Jo Howarth Noonan Foundation.
As an actor, Mary Lynn’s work includes a breadth of styles, a repertoire of the theater’s most well known roles, and working relationships with all of Atlanta’s professional theatres. She is a Lunt-Fontanne nominee, a two-time Suzi Award winner for both Outstanding Performer in a Leading Role (WIT - Aurora Theatre) and Outstanding Performer in a Supporting Role (THE LITTLE FOXES - Theatre in the Square) and an eight-time Suzi nominee. Recently, she assumed the traditionally male role of The Stage Manager in the historic repertory of OUR TOWN and THE LARAMIE PROJECT at Theatrical Outfit. In addition, she is a frequent performer and collaborator in many of Atlanta's New Works Festivals including the Kendeda Festival at The Alliance Theater, the Stripped Bare Festival at Synchronicity Theater, and the Brave New Works Festival at Theater Emory.
Mary Lynn is a faculty member of Emory University’s Theater Studies Department where she teaches Introduction to Acting and yearly workshops in Teaching as Performance. Also at Emory, she has curated for the Brave New Works Festival, worked as a dramaturg for the development of new work, and developed an ongoing collaboration with the Spanish and Portuguese Department in the production of both new and classical Spanish/Latinx Theater. She co-created the popular course, ‘Taller de Teatro en Español - a Theater Workshop in Spanish,’ a class designed to improve Spanish language proficiency through the use of Theater techniques. She is a professional member of the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, AEA, and Sag-Aftra. Her writing residencies include Cottages at Hedgebrook in Langley, WA, and The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA.
In her writing, acting, and teaching, Mary Lynn seeks to explore the fully lived and multi-dimensional experience of women. She grew up ‘una mezcla' - a mixture of Cuban-Americans and South Georgians, artists and farmers, and those who lived in the 60s South and who actively challenged its mores - and she believes that the mezcla is where it is most challenging, as an artist and a woman in the world.