Originally from New York City, Mark attended St. John’s University, Ottawa University, and the University of Kansas. After finishing school, Mark studied acting and directing at LaMama ETC in New York City. LaMama ETC is an experimental theatre where actors and directors worldwide are given the opportunity to study, create, and develop their craft with gifted artists; a
life-changing experience. Soon after returning to Kansas City area, Mark became Theatre Director at Shawnee Mission South, where he created one of the most vibrant and student-led theatre programs in the Midwest.
Mark has received numerous awards, including: Best of Kansas City Theatre awards for A Chorus Line and Cabaret; Best Director for Company by The Barn Players; Best Director for Into the Woods by Greenroom Publications; The 2003 production of The Fantasticks
was one of the Top Ten at the International Thespian Conference; He took the SM South 2012 production of Godspell to the Kansas State Thespian Conference;
and received The Demmi Award and the Founders Award from Theatre in the Park.
Throughout his career, Mark has directed more than 350 productions. He views each production as a way to hold up a mirror to what is around us, to make the world a better place.