]Mara has worked professionally as an actress, casting director and teacher. She is best known for casting the series Gilmore Girls (with partner Jami Rudofsky).

In 2008 she started an actor's collective which offered eclectic acting and writing class content to professional actors and featured industry professionals (James Gunn, Danny Strong, Wendi McClendon-Covey) guesting and leading some classes. Some of Mara's collective members include Jerrika Hinton, Katie Lowes, Elizabeth Chomko and Sean Gunn.

In 2017 she became an adjunct faculty member in the BFA Acting For Film and Television Department at the performing arts college Hussian College In Studio (formerly known as Studio School).

She was nominated for a Jeff Citation for Actress in a Principal Role at Griffin Theatre and recipient of a Jeff Citation for Best Ensemble with Shattered Globe.Additionally, three of her short plays have been produced by Collaboration Theatre's Sketchbook Series. Mara splits her time between Los Angeles and Chicago.