Mara Purl


Mara Purl is an accomplished author, producer, actress, composer, musician, and educator that brings a wealth of know-how to the Alphabet Kids team. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan and holds a performing and literary degree from Bennington College in Vermont. She is the author of the popular Milford-Haven Novels, What the Heart Knows, Closer Than You Think, Child Secrets, Cause and Conscience, and Nobody’s Fault. She is also the co-author, with Erin Gray, of Act Right, the well-known and indispensable book for actors. Mara has been a professional producer, completing sixty episodes for the BBC, scores of radio commercials, and numerous videos, including one for the Native American Sports Council. She is the 1999 recipient of the Women's Peace Power Award, which she received for co-producing the anti-domestic violence public service announcement Step Forward. A former regular on the TV soap opera Days Of Our Lives, Mara is also a composer and musician who performs with the New York City Ballet. She plays the koto (Japanese harp) on numerous albums and has released two CDs of her own. She is the creator of STAR – Student Television And Radio©, a complete teaching curriculum for which she has received grants from AT&T, The Kennedy Center, and Communities in Schools, whereby she is able to teach both gifted and underprivileged students. Mara has taught in high schools in California and Colorado, and is a guest professor at the Colorado College, the University of Colorado, and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp. She is an advisory board member for both Haven House, the oldest shelter for battered women in the United States, and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2002, Mara was named Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles County Commission for Women. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado.