B. Ed University of Saskatchewan, M.F.A. Brooklyn College of the City University of New York , Honors English Specialist, University of Toronto Certificate, Independent Film and Television Producers Program, Centennial College.
Mark presently is a professor and program coordinator for the Performing Arts Preparation Program at Sheridan institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where he has held this position since 2003. He has extensive experience as a professional actor, writer and teacher. He is a published playwright [Second Chance, The Marriage of Rodeo, A Reason to Live, Rainbow Café, Everyman] and has optioned a screenplay “The Nutana Boys” which recently received telefilm funding.
He has numerous television and movie credits including recurring roles on Due South and Flash Forward and was a guest lead on the remake of the Cagney and Lacey TV movie, [his performance received a glowing review in the Hollywood industry magazine “Variety”]. He has also performed in dozens of Television commercials.
His professional stage debut was at Twenty-fifth Street Theatre. He is also one of the founders of the long running improv show, “The Saskatoon Soaps”, and performed in the first season of “Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan”.
In New York, Mark played “The Magistrate” in the Off-Broadway production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and was the director-founder of the “The Village Soaps” improv troupe. He studied in New York and received his MFA under the guidance and direction of Academy award winning actor, F. Murray Abraham and Obie award winning Playwright and Director, Jack Gelber.
In Toronto, he studied with Al Waxman, with whom he also worked as an actor on Scales of Justice and Twice in a Lifetime.
Mark won a comedy contest while in university and later performed Stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, The Comedy Store in London, UK, The Gilded Balloon, in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Improv in New York, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, and the Comedy Shoe in Saskatoon. In Saskatoon he also wrote and produced the extremely popular comedy revue MADNESS.
Before joining the Sheridan faculty, Mark taught High School Drama for 17 years, mostly at White Oaks Secondary School where he was Head of Performing Arts. While there, he directed numerous plays including A Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Inherit the Wind, All in the Timing, Rainbow Café, Second Chance…to name a few.
He has received a Sask Arts Board Grant, Canada Council “B” grant, and most recently Telefilm funding for his writing.
He was elected Vice President, External Affairs for the ACTRA, where he served on council for two terms until stepping down in 2001 when returned to teaching. In 2005, he was elected to serve his third three year term as Co-Chair of Audio Visual, Live Performing Arts on the Board of Directors for the Cultural Human Resources Council. He has chaired several working committees developing numerous Arts curriculum documents.
He is proud Canadian and a strong promoter of Canadian Culture…but is most proud of co-producing his two sons Luke and Lee.