Teacher Profile: Mara Hall

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About Mara Hall

Educator, actress and entertainer Mara Hall grew up in the city of Detroit. During her tenure as a Detroit High School Band Director, Mara realized that she had a knack for entertaining. Teaching everyday was an adventure because she would engage her students by her charismatic and lively personality. Unfortunately Ms. Hall was released from her teaching position in 2006 because of budget cuts. This was a devastating blow to Mara and her students and as a result she never wanted to teach music again. Through a friendly recommendation, Mara was encouraged to give acting a try. After a few community plays and musicals Mara was hooked!!!!! So she decided to pack her bags, drive three days alone, across the country, in her Ford Focus to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.
The best experience of Mara's life was as band director at Ann Arbor Trail Middle School and Henry Ford High School. She was also an assistant band director at Alcorn State University.

Mara Hall is a graduate of Jackson State University and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. While at JSU Mara was active in various organizations on campus including the famous Jackson State University marching band where she played the tuba and clarinet. Mara received her Bachelor's of Music Education from JSU and her Master's of Music in Clarinet Performance at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She has also completed two years towards her Doctorate Degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern Mississippi.

While at Southern Miss, Mara realized her passion even more for acting and decided to move to Los Angles to pursue her new dreams and made her national TV debut as one of the contestants on Oxygen's reality dance/weight loss competition series Dance Your Ass Off. Since then, Mara has appeared on the Nickelodeon series Victorious, Tru-TV's Operation Repo, as well as on the George Lopez Show on TBS (where she danced with Oscar award winner, Jaime Foxx). Fans saw another side of the Mara in the lead role of Auntie May in the horror/indie feature film Death Factory. Mara is best known for her recent co-star roles in Scandal (ABC) and The Quad(BET), supporting role in A Question of Faith (Silver Lining Entertainment), lead role in the comedic film Loqueesha, and her role as Nurse Kathleen on the award-winning ABC series Grey's Anatomy (ABC). In 2017 & 2016, Mara guest starred in many episodes of Bounce TV's popular series Saints & Sinners. Mara joined the cast of the new Oprah Winfrey Network, Will Packer Productions series Ambitions in 2019 as a series regular. Mara has plans to re-launch her social media movement and lifestyle show, I Got Something To Say #IGSTS, that empowers audiences through laughter in 2020. Mara now calls Atlanta, Georgia home but misses her students from the Harmony Project Los Angeles where she taught Jazz and Classical music and served as the Artistic Director.

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