Mary Lynn Owen is an Atlanta-based actor, writer, and teacher with a career spanning nearly 40 years.  Beginning at Atlanta’s landmark Academy Theatre in 1979, her work has grown to include a breadth of syles, a repertoire of some of the most well-known roles in theatre, and working relationships with all of Atlanta’s professional theatre organizations, including The Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, Actor’s Express, Aurora Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, Theater Emory and Seven Stages.  Standout career performances include WIT, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, ELLIOT: A SOLDIER’S FUGUE, THE LITTLE FOXES, THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, BETRAYAL, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, TWELFTH NIGHT, and SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER.  A member of Actor’s Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Mary Lynn is a six-time nominee for the Suzi Award, and a Suzi Award winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role (WIT) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (THE LITTLE FOXES.)  Recent film credits include the award-winning independent film, THE BREAD SQUEEZER, the independent film, PEACE AT HOME, and the feature films, ONE MISSED CALL, and THE CRAZIES.


In 2016 Mary Lynn was selected as a recipient of The Alliance Theatre’s Reiser Atlanta Artists Lab Award, based on the submission of her one-woman show, KNEAD.  KNEAD, a semi-finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, had its world premiere at The Alliance Theatre in November 2018.  Mary Lynn is a recipient of writing residencies at Cottages at Hedgebrook in Langley, Washington, and The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, Georgia, and has studied Fiction Writing with Carol Lee Lorenzo and Linda Clopton. 


Since 2002 Mary Lynn has been a faculty member of the Theatre Studies Department at Emory University where she teaches Acting Fundamentals, and Taller de Teatro en Español/Theater Workshop in Spanish.  She is a recipient of the 2016 Emory Grant for Faculty Development and Excellence, and of the 2015 Emory Center for Creativity Grant.

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