Mary Lynn grew up ‘una mezcla' - a mixture - of Cuban-Americans and South Georgians, preachers and misfits. In her work, she seeks the mezcla - the moments where farce and tragedy meet, where the sacred graces the profane, and where mundanity is filled with longing. She believes that the mezcla is a moment of possibility - for hope, and other new things.
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Mary Lynn is an Atlanta-based theater artist with a career spanning over forty years as an actor, teacher, and most recently, a playwright. Her solo play, KNEAD, 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, also a semi-finalist for O'Neill National Playwriting Conference (2019) was a 2019 selection for both Working Title Playwrights First Light Series and for Theatrical Outfit’s 2020 Unexpected Play Festival. Commissions include monologues for Alabama Shakespeare's 22 Playwrights Project (2020) and the MoJo Theater Festival (2019.).
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 theaters. 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 longtime faculty member of Emory University’s Theater Studies Department where she teaches Introduction to Acting, yearly workshops in Teaching as Performance, and the popular, Taller de teatro en Español, a class designed to improve Spanish language proficiency through the use of Theater techniques. Through her ongoing collaboration with the Spanish and Portuguese Department she has fostered Spanish and Latinx playreadings and engaged such artists as poet, Richard Blanco, Ruben Gonzalez of El Teatro Campesino, and renowned Flamenco artist, Juan Pinilla.
Professional memberships include the Dramatists Guild, Working Title Playwrights, AEA, and Sag-Aftra. Writing residencies include Cottages at Hedgebrook in Langley, WA, and The Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA.