Marilyn Carter’s experience spans the gamut of professional acting, directing and instruction. She earned her BFA in Play Production at the University of Arizona and an MFA in acting from the Yale Drama School at Yale University, where she studied with Stella Adler, Robert Lewis and Andre Gregory, among others. She lived in New York for a time acting and directing off-Broadway and off-off Broadway productions. While there, she began teaching at University of Long Island and Jersey City State College, in their theatre departments. Since moving to Charlotte she has continued teaching and directing as well as appearing in films and TV commercials (including Prince of Tides, which shot in South Carolina).
She was Artistic Director of the Golden Circle Theatre at the Mint Museum for several years, then began as Adjunct Instructor in Theatre at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in 1999 and has held that post through the present.
In 2005 she began as Part-Time Lecturer in Theatre in the Department of Theatre at University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and still teaches there as well. In addition to directing and giving classes, Marilyn has coached actors for years in analyzing roles and modifying accents, using her training in voice and movement control to adapt instruction to the best way the student learns—aurally, visually or kinesthetically. She also does some coaching in period movement. Marilyn helped found Film Actors’ Studio with Lon.