As a professional director and writer, Mark’s work ranges from theatre and opera to film and television. After beginning his career as a composer and sound designer for ACT in San Francisco, Mark joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for a season with the acting company and as composer for Hamlet directed by Jerry Turner. At OSF he also directed a production of Synge’s In the Shadow of the Glen (featuring Megan Cole, Richard Riehle and Eric Booth, among others). This production led to an invitation from the original Empty Space Company in Seattle to direct Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist. Soon after, Mark moved to New York, his base nearly a decade. In New York he spent a year as Resident Director of Playwrights Horizons, directed The Power Project (Antic Variations) in the NEXT WAVE Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (also co-authored) and Ty Cobb at St. Clement’s Theatre. His regional productions include the premiere of Eric Overmyer’s In A Pig’s Valise at Center Stage in Baltimore, Hay Fever at the GeVa Theatre in Rochester, Rhinoceros at PCPA in Santa Maria, Twelfth Night at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and The Winter’s Tale for the Seattle Shakespeare Company at the Seattle Center. International credits include direction of Love’s Labour’s Lost for the Recklinghausen Ruhrfestspiele in Germany.
Mark originated ideas for and directed two operas by composer Ronald Perera and librettist Constance Congdon: The Yellow Wallpaper, which premiered at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, and S. (based on the novel by John Updike) at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2002, Mark directed the critically acclaimed New York premiere of The Seagull, an opera based on the Chekhov play by Thomas Pasatieri and Kenward Elmslie, at the Manhattan School of Music.
FILM and PUBLIC TELEVISION:
Film credits: Second unit photography for Fool’s Fire by Julie Taymor, which was produced by American Playhouse for PBS and screened at the Sundance Festival (Ms. Taymor also designed masks for Mark’s production of Rashomon). Mark co-authored At Night the Sun Shines with director Guillermo Real, which premiered at the Director’s Guild of America in Los Angeles and was featured in a number of festivals, including Aspen, Miami and the LA International FilmFest at the American Film Institute. Public television credits include two years as a writer and producer for the New York affiliate, WNET, and Ty Cobb by William Packard, which he adapted from his NY stage production at St. Clement’s Theatre.
Mark is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC).