Assistant Professor, Theatre Design, Technical Direction
Hartmann Center 208
Mark is currently Professor of Design and Technology in the Theater Department at Bradley University here in tropical Peoria Illinois. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Playwrighting, Acting and Directing and embarked upon a career acting in bank training videos and voiceovers for hog feed additives. (There is so little work for an actor in Iowa.) Mark began to pursue a career in photography and graphic arts working for a biologist in Iowa City. Two years of hard work in the darkroom yielded the cover of a national magazine with his skill as a photographer (Macro-biology Monthly) and his thoughts returned to the theater, his first love. His professional technical theater debut was as a dresser for “Greater Tuna”, a quick-change act with two actors, two dressers, eighteen characters and 30 some odd costume changes in 90 minutes. Working in Iowa, Illinois, Florida and New York as a Scenic Designer, Lighting Designer, Occasional Costume Designer, Production Manager and Technical Director, he eventually began teaching at the University of Chicago in the early 1990’s. While in Chicago his design work was seen on the stages of Victory Gardens Theater, The Steppenwolf, Red Hen Productions, Lifeline Theater, Writers Theater and many others. Several of his students have gone on to design on Broadway. He has worked on feature films, television shows and live theater designing about 100 shows professionally, nearly half of them original scripts. A terminal degree is on Mark’s horizon from Western Illinois University. Peoria reminds him of one of his hometowns, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His wife of twenty-five years remains in Iowa with his two children.