Marilou CookMarilou Cook – Ensemble Member & Instructor – Email Marilou

Marilou often jokes that she’s busier more now in retirement than when she was working full time as a school teacher in Fairfax County, VA. She has 23 years of classroom experience teaching at various levels, including pre-school, middle school, standard high school and adult education in English, Speech, Theatre and Math. Her theatre curriculum included “theatre sports” (improv) for children and teens. Marilou has more than 25 years experience directing and producing theatrical productions including one-act plays, comedy productions, cabaret acts, variety shows, festivals, touring companies, improv troupes, theatrical competitions and professional development workshops. Cast members ranged in age and experience from pre-school through adult professionals.

Additionally, Marilou has 30 years of public speaking and interpersonal communications activities – including one-on-one presentations and appearances before large audiences, along with personal performances in theatrical productions including classic theatre, comedies, musicals, cabaret acts, USO tours, summer stock, dinner theatre and variety productions. Locally, she has performed at Theatre of the Republic, with the Castaways Repertory Theatre, and has her own one-woman show about being a Southern Belle. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/Speech in addition to post-graduate studies in English, Directing and Acting. With Carolina Improv Company, Marilou is a performing ensemble member, coordinates the youth program and assists with corporate training facilitation.