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    Mary grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she studied Theater. Upon the advice of fellow Arkansan Mary Steenburgen, Mary spent a summer studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. After graduating from Northwestern, Mary moved to Los Angeles, California. Her first job was as a production assistant to Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and Harry Thomason on their net- work TV shows Evening Shade, Hearts Afire, and Women of the House. Mary’s acting career began with a role on Days of our Lives. She went on to act on the primetime shows Melrose Place, Gilmore Girls, Mind of Mencia, Relativity, Providence, Judging Amy, and Once & Again. Film roles in Los Angeles include Slackers and The Falls. Mary also studied with the improv troupe the Groundling’s and appeared in improv and comedy sketches at the Comedy Store. Mary attended acting classes at Playhouse West with fellow class-mate James Franco. She was a member of the award winning theater company, Actor’s Co-op. Some of her favorite stage roles include THE SEAGULL (Nina), AS YOU LIKE IT (Phebe), and DURANG/DURANG (Wanda and Mae). Upon moving back to the South, Mary’s film credits include Brian Banks Story in Memphis (director Tom Shadyac), Discontentment of Ed Telfair (director Daniel Campbell), Poor Mama’s Boy, God’s Not Dead 2, Frets, Justitia, The Birthday Bully, and her share of 48 hour films (Shattered, Unbelievable, High Stakes, Miss Otis Regrets)!

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March 19, 2021
An in depth discussion with three 48 Hour Film Project alumni actors of varying ages, experience and training backgrounds from across the United States, who found themselves on very different individual journeys leading them to Hollywood, finding successful work in television, film, voiceovers, commercials and web series. Covering a wide variety of topics, from theatre and improv comedy roots and working in entry level production roles, to the importance of training and honing your craft, finding representation, booking the job, preparing for the role, networking and social media’s impact on your career.