When Amanda discovered her passion for film acting and we began researching possible coaches in Houston, there was one acting coach who came recommended by industry professionals above all others—Mari Ferguson. Within a period of months, Mari transformed our 12-year old from a theatrical actor to a film/TV actor who became competitive enough to receive representation by a prestigious agency and win commercial auditions. Mari takes a very personal interest in her students and goes the extra mile to see that they have the tools to succeed. I have also worked with a number of Mari’s young students in my role as a movie producer, and they stand out in the crowd due to their polished auditioning and performance skills, and their confidence in their craft. Parents often ask me to recommend an acting coach for their children, and without hesitation, I provide them with Mari’s name because of her talent, dedication, and terrific results.
Mari is one of the top acting coaches in Houston that we refer all of our young actors to. She gives them all the self confidence they need to land an audition. She also inspires them to get to the next level. Thanks for being there for our kids.
APlus Actors of Texas
My daughter, Piper, loves working with Mari. Weekly private instruction has helped Piper build confidence and improve her acting and auditioning skills. Mari has that special touch that truly brings out the best in young actors. She cares about my child and her continued success and her perseverance and patience with her has resulted in some great bookings. We are LA bound, but will always consider Mari her coach. Thanks Mari.
Parent of Student Piper Harris
Mari Ferguson is a truly wonderful actress, as well as a fantastic acting coach. I had the pleasure to work with Mari at the Houston School of Film and Theatre (formerly Mercury Studio). Mari has a real knack for getting results from actors. Children and adults respond to Mari in a positive manner. Mari is caring and nurturing and really takes the time with her actors so that they may succeed and show their true talent in auditions and performance. I adore Mari and would recommend her coaching 100%.
Former Executive Director - Houston School of Film & Theatre
As a mother, Mari has been coaching my son, Sage for 10 years. She has been instrumental in his success. He likes to refer to Mari as his secret weapon. Mari is now coaching my daughter, Sabre. As an agent, I have seen the caliber of talent coming from Mari's to audition for us and they are always amazing. Mari is Houston's best acting coach, hands down!
The Boysen Agency
The highest compliment any teacher can have, is for a student to become a Shaman as well. Mari didn't just rely on her talents, she honed them, she did the work, she took control of her career. You can be certain you'll get her best, always.
Mari always gives you everything she's got. As a voice talent, her fresh, cheerful, confident sound works well for both acting and announcing. Plus, she's a pleasure to work with: she's smart, fast, and fun to be with. If Mari were in baseball. she's be a five-tool player.
Voice-over Director and Coach
When we first met Mari, our son Cooper had auditioned for five commercials and had not gotten any. One casting director told us that he would not get cast until he had some training. We began once a week private lessons with Mari. After three lessons, he had an audition for a commercial and was cast. Since then, he has done seven commercials and one film. Without Mari’s help, I do not believe he could have done this. Cooper is still studying with Mari after 1 1/2 years. Thanks, Mari.
Parent of Student Cooper Cason
Mari Ferguson has been working with my daughter, Chelsea for several years. She provides a safe and nurturing environment for Chelsea to grow as an actress. She has taught Chelsea to take risks and to trust her own instincts. Mari is positive in her approach with the kids she teaches but is able to push them to always improve. She cares about Chelsea as a person and has become a true friend to both of us!
Parent of Student Chelsea Ricketts
We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found Mari Ferguson as an acting coach for our son, Matthew. Her knowledge, expertise and teaching techniques are what truly sets Mari apart from the others. She continually encourages her students to use their imagination and expand their acting skills in a safe learning environment. She focused on Matthew’s specific needs and helped give him the confidence to be successful in any audition. Mari is an amazing asset to any young actor who wants to take their career to the next level.
Parents of student Matthew David