Theatre Professional: Casting Director, Actor,
Acting Coach & Consultant for getting into college
One of my former students/colleagues recently called me a Professional Life Changer. That is exactly what I want to be. I want to harness the energy and talent of the young people who are future of the American theatre. I want to direct my passion toward something I believe in. I want to empower young actors to shine their brightest. That is my strong suit.
I've been "wearing a lot of hats" in the theatre all my life. I spent 34 summers with the National High School Institute at Northwestern University (aka the Cherub Program)--and I have been a Casting Director in Chicago for about 20 years. I created and ran a successful storefront theatre in 80s--and have been an actress on stage and in commercials and film/tv throughout that time. During the past 35 years, in my many career paths since I graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, I’ve been devoting my energy to encouraging, teaching, hiring, working with and advocating for theatre artists.
Let's work on monologues, audition preparation, auditions for on-camera work!
Photography by Brandon Dahlquist
Your coaching grounded me before my audition and helped me crystalize what I really wanted to do with my piece in the audition room. E.S., Chicago 11/2019
This is my current project: Casting the Chicago company of BE MORE CHILL, a job which I got from a referral from Amber Mak, who I hired from 2002 to 2016 to teach at the Musical Theatre Cherub program.
I joke that Lynn Baber saved my life. And it's funny because in many respects she did. Her guidance and teaching turned my life around and inspired my love for theater. If I hadn't met her I'm not sure I would love acting let alone still be doing it.
Lucas Hedges, Oscar nominee, Manchester By the Sea.
also in: Ben is Back, Boy Erased, Lady Bird, Three Billboards...and on Broadway in Waverly Gallery.
Recent clients are attending:
Boston Conservatory, University of Miami, Muhlenberg College, University of Miami, Illinois Wesleyan University, University of Arizona, UC-San Diego, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia College, Interlochen Arts Academy.
You would think that after getting a kid into film school, and an athlete into a BS in Engineering I would have been an expert on the college process but nothing prepared me for the insane stress and competitiveness of getting my actor kid into a BFA program. When you are potentially spending (or borrowing) the cost of a condo on an education, having in depth expertise and the ability to ask really important questions from an expert is essential, and a really wise investment.
Lynn is the only expert on this I know of, and I work in the field! Lynn is also straightforward with your child giving them information they may not want to, or be able to, hear from a parent. It saved time, money and heartache to have Lynn on our team.
College & Summer Program Consulting, and
Audition Preparation for Theatre Majors
If you're pursuing a BFA in acting or musical theatre, you need a different kind of application prep than what can be found in the high school guidance counselor's office. Conservatories are asking for a lot: monologues, songs, pre-screen videos, a vibrant application, and on top of that, they're asking for the most authentic version of you when you're in the room. I can help you feel prepared and confident on audition day. The information your high school guidance counselor can give you is not going to be enough.
I can help guide you through the process of putting a list of potential schools together, and all the intricacies of preparing for the auditions for those schools. I have 35+ years of experience in working with actors and young theatre professionals-in-training; and I want to help you and your family make the best choices to get you where you want to go. I can provide you with the requisite logistic planning and keen artistic eye and insider information on almost any college or university in the country. I have a vast network of former students and colleagues we can contact to help with finding specific answers to your questions about specific schools.
Parents typically know to get SAT tutoring for their children, and they pay hundreds, even thousands of dollars for it. Parents of Theatre Kids often don’t know that they need a parallel, but completely different kind of help, and they sure don’t know where to go to get it. I created this consulting/counseling service to answer that need.
First, I find out what you are looking for in a college experience. Ideally, this is a conversation with the high school junior or senior and one or both parents.
We'll start with a discussion of what you're looking for in a college experience and an assessment of where you are in the process.
I will help you create and define that college list, combining my ideas and recommendations for universities and colleges that might be a good match for you with the ones you want to pursue.
Then, I will help you select the monologues and songs you will need for your auditions--if you are applying to colleges that require auditions. Together we’ll find monologues (and songs if you are auditioning for Musical Theatre programs) that will serve you well, suit your needs and type and range. Not only can I help with finding monologues, I can steer you away from monologues that are overdone, hackneyed, dated or just not good choices. I’m told by young people who have recently gone through this process that picking monologues is the most difficult part of applying to colleges. My ability to find you a monologue that you love and that will be unique at your auditions is my most special trick. This is my secret sauce.
We will make a plan for which schools you are going to audition for in-person, or if you’ll be doing all your auditions at one of the Unified Auditions.
In order to do this whole consulting process, we really need to start working together by early fall. But for monologue coaching, any time is the right time. We can work right up to your audition day.
Tailor the service to fit your needs
Tell me what you need to accomplish, and we'll figure out how I can help you do it, and what I charge for that service. I can travel. I can work with you on Facetime or Skype, or on the phone. We can figure out something.
Contact me for rates.
Here’s what I want you to remember as you embark on this intense journey:
You Can Do This.
Let me know how we can work together.
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CSA, AEA, SAG/AFTRA