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Mary Thoma

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Mary Thoma Reviews

Review of RABBIT HOLE at Shreveport Little Theater

“…Anchored by a classic performance by Mary Alfred Thoma as the mourning mother of a tragically killed toddler, the play evoked its share of tears from an appreciative house at Centenary College’s Marjorie Lyons Playhouse. Thoma brought a graceful arc to her character, Becca, moving—as one critic of the New York production noted—through the stages of grief. This performance was seamless, believable, and perfectly wrought. A moment of prime example was her scene with the young man who accidentally struck and killed her son with his car. I have never seen a more true expression of genuine grief than at this moment.  – Joe Todaro, The Forum, Theater Critic

Review of The Miracle Worker at East Bank Theater

“ Mary Thoma…deeply relatable…deeply lived character…standout performance…As Sullivan, Thoma provides perfect balance to a role that requires both a commitment to discipline and sensitivity to see intelligence in a child where others cannot…..” – The Shreveport Times,  Alexandyr Kent, Critic

“The East Bank Theater production rests very capably on the shoulders of Mary Alfred Thoma as Sullivan and Gretchen Edwards Paige as Keller. They not only are up to the task they are riveting.Thoma is an actress who, from her early days as a theater student at Centenary College, doesn’t seem capable of turning in a bad performance.  She is one of those performers who give solidity to a production….her Sullivan is some of her best work. The character has her own demons with which to struggle, and Thoma finds that line between Sullivan’s self-doubting and determined optimism. She makes a complex woman accessible.” -The Forum, Lane Crockett, Critic

Mary Thoma stars as Becca Corbitt, in the deeply moving play RABBIT HOLE with Robert Darrow and Patricia Reeves.

John Bogan and Mary Thoma in a scene from Rumors by Neil Simon.

From Students: Teens

From Playshop: Improv Class

Mary Thoma’s play shop gave me a reminder of how much I love Improvisation. I was surprised at how much skill I have developed. Receiving her love and guidance in the theater for a few years now, I have her to thank for making me the actor that I am”  - Roger Kalmbach

I loved how the workshop allowed us to open up and allowed us to try a variety of techniques and activities that help us personally as an actor – Danielle dean

I got pulled out of myself. I wasn’t my usual shy self. – Sarah Reppond

I loved all the games and meeting new people and getting to do improv again! – Jessie Mahon

I learned how to add more emotion to characters – Brianna Burke

I loved playing these fun acting games. It helped me expand my brain! – McKenzie Pugh

I liked how we were put in different situations and switched people in the scenes. – Maddi Collier

What I enjoyed about the Playshop today was getting to know everyone and working with all the new people – Bradley Silman

I learned a lot of fun games and I enjoy the practice because its difficult to think on your feet – Madison Edwards

Mary made the class enjoyable by asking us about games we love . It helps the students feel more like a teacher and director. - Anonymous

From Students: Adults

"Dear Mary,  I have really enjoyed the class and I believe that all the different techniques I've learned and continue to learn in your class are helping me to develop my own personnel acting technique. I highly recommend our class and have already done so.  I told Erin G. ( Trinity Talent Agency) that your class is the only local class that I have taken that I've found to be up to par with classes I have taken in Los Angeles. – Jay Walters

"I feel like I've evolved so much as an actor. Every week, I walk away feeling inspired and accomplished. I have recommended this class to several people.   The class (and the teacher) is great. I feel like the studio is a safe place to take risks and progress as an actor. “- Devin Torres

"Mary is an extraordinarily gifted teacher. She has such a passion for what she does and her studio is a safe haven for artist to hone their craft. I feel so blessed to be in the company of fellow artists and always look forward to class. Mary has a wonderful way with words and explaining things; she blows me away every week! These classes have increased my confidence and I encourage anyone who is interested in growing, not only as an actor but as a person, to enroll now!"   -- Kalah Roberts

Reviews from Our Students