TASA STUDIO - The Art and Soul of Acting

Mary Thoma

The Art and Soul of Acting

phone: 318 465 5374

email: mary@marythoma.com

Testimonials

 

Mary Thoma

Award-winning Actress, Director, Coach and Instructor Mary Thoma has been teaching acting and “Reclaiming Your Creativity” to young people and adults for over 25 years. With credits in theater, film, television and radio, she is a versatile actress, commercial talent, director, coach, writer,  and a proud member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. Her acting studio, TASA STUDIO (The Art and Soul of Acting) has been designated a sister studio to The True Acting Institute and the only studio with this distinction in the state of Louisiana.

A certified Meisner Technique Instructor, Thoma was trained by master teacher and author Larry Silverberg of The True Acting Institute. She was one of only five hearing applicants selected internationally for the prestigious National Theater of the Deaf Professional Theater School and has trained with The Broadway Teaching Lab and a variety of professional acting instructors and directors.  She is the recipient of both acting and directing awards including the Providential Award for Best Director for THIS IS WHO I AM and SB Magazine’s Best Actress Award for her portrayal of Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker. 

In addition to her professional acting, directing and teaching,  she is the founder of three theatre companies :  the award-winning THIS IS WHO I AM © Summer Institute for marginalized youth; THE SIGN COMPANY created for hearing and hearing-impaired performers ; and she is co-founder of The  Shreveport Little Theatre Academy where she created the Academy process and served as it’s first Academy Director and Director of Education before opening her own studio.

An experienced teacher, she has developed drama curriculum for Southfield School; the LA Division of the Arts, The Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Texas Educational Theatre Association, Bossier Parish Community College, and  SLTAcademy.  She has developed other creative programming including: JumpStart Acting Camps for Film, LEAP: Goal-setting for Actors, The Girls’ Getaway Creativity Day Camps, S.P.E.A.K. for young women and Acting Fundamentals for Young People. For several years she served as an Roster Artist Instructor in Theatre for the Louisiana Division of the Arts, training teachers across the state to integrate theater arts into the curriculum and teaching drama residencies.  She also leads Actor Support Groups using a process she developed especially for actors based on successful support group models.

She makes her home in Shreveport, LA with her husband Ron, daughters Megan and Shelby, two crafty cats named Toby and Socks and a feisty Yorkshire terrier named Bali.

“Mary Thoma has the kind of natural warmth and smooth, easy talent that the camera loves. She’ll anchor any scene, bringing to it much welcome truth and specificity. She’s a total pleasure and a real gem.” Jeffrey Goodman Director, The Last Lullaby

Shreveport Louisiana