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Marianne Mason, Actor, Author, Non-Profit Foundation President The Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education -New York City
In the 80s, she studied acting technique in New York for five years with Stella Adler, acting coaches from the Uta Hagen and Actors Studios, the Comedy Institute, and speech from Sam Chwatt's New York school. She worked in film, TV, industrials, voice overs and performed in twelve Off-Off-Broadway theatre and regional theatre productions in leading and supporting roles, including a one-woman 12-minute monologue depicting Nadezhda, wife of Josef Stalin, on the eve of her suicide.
Since 1996, she has directed exchange programs for the Cordell Hull Foundation, a Manhattan-based not-for-profit organization that sponsors J-1 exchange visas for foreign teachers to work in 35 states. From 2009-11, she presented orientations for new foreign teachers from the French and Greek government in Paris and Athens. She also works closely with the Ministries of Spain and Italy and with the Confucius Institute to sponsor teachers from China. Annually, CHF sponsors hundreds of teachers across the U.S. from over 55 countries.
In 2011, Mason's book "J-1 Visa Uncloaked, Complete Cultural Training Guide," is being published by Amazon.com.
Marianne holds an MS degree in Non-Profit Management and a Certificate for Non-Profit Leaders from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a BA in French. Fluent in French and Spanish, she has also worked as a primary school French teacher and a technology trainer.
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New York Film Actor, Spokesman, and Foundation President The Cordell Hull Foundation for International Education (CHF)
Marianne Mason began her acting career in the 1980s, after studying acting in New York City for five years with eclectic coaches, Stella Adler, Ron Burras, Robert Ravan from Uta Hagen Studio, Janet Ward of the Actors Studio.
After working for 15 years as an actress, primarily performing in films, television, and voice overs, Marianne became head of CHF, a Manhattan-based not-for-profit organization that sponsors hundreds foreign teachers annually from 55 countries working in all parts of the US, where she had been volunteering her time for over a decade.
With a degree in French, and experience in teaching, she was equipped to expand teaching exchange programs in one third of the French-American Schools in North America, fulfilling the mission of the Foundation to improve relations between the US and other countries.
Acting skills help her effectively present fifteen orientations each year in New York, California and other states as well as in Paris for the French government, and in Greece in 2009. She works closely with the Ministries of Spain, Greece, and Italy and with China's Confucius Institutes.
After taking the reins of CHF in 1996, Marianne obtained an MS degree in Non-Profit Management from New School University in New York (2005), then later a Certificate for Non-Profit Leaders from Stanford University Grad School of Business (2008). She is fluent in French and Spanish.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Joseph Scott
Marianne Mason is known for her role in The Diplomat (2009) as psychiatrist Martha Leeds opposite Phylicia Rashad, as French socialite Julia Highcamp in Grand Isle (1991) opposite Kelly McGillis, and as a reporter harassing James Spader in Storyville (1992). In theatre, she portrayed Kate in "Other People's Money" at the Contemporary Arts Center, Stalin's wife "Nadezhda" monologue in the New Play Festival, Judith Fellowes in "Night of the Iguana," and Nadine in the 3-character play "Still Life" by Emily Mann, to name a few. She has performed in staged readings at the Dramatists Guild and other New York venues. She will portray a fashion magazine editor, Jo Crol, in the upcoming web series "Peasant Life" produced by Civil Films.
She began studying Uta Hagen and Stella Adler's technique in the late 80s and also script analysis with Stella Adler and continues to hone her craft in New York. In addition to film, TV and theater work, she devotes time to the Cordell Hull Foundation, an international non-profit organization based in midtown Manhattan, promoting improved understanding among cultures through education. She also designs and delivers cultural adjustment seminars in several languages for foreign teachers in the US and and has published her workshop materials in "J-1 Visa Uncloaked--Complete Cultural Training Guide" in six languages, available on Amazon.com. She earned a masters degree in 2005 and a Feng Shui certification in 2007.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Marianne Mason