Act 1 - Early Stage Work
Mark developed a love for performing at a very early age. His first experience was in elementary school in 1961. He sang "Do You Hear What I Hear?" as part of the school Christmas play - He was hooked. His mother was a great influence and driving force in the early years. She encouraged his auditioning and participation in many plays both school and at community theaters. She even founded and ran a community theater at which Mark performed in numerous roles. Mark proudly keeps some of his mother's scripts for her roles including Hamlet, The Enchanted Cottage and Alice in Wonderland.
Mark has played roles in theaters around the country. The roles have ranged from Shakespeare's Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night), Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet), Prince Hal (King Henry IV, Part II) and Nick Bottom (A Midsummer Night's Dream) to Cyrano in Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.
Additional plays include "Of Mice & Men", "The Odd Couple", "Barefoot in the Park", "Harvey", Spoon River Anthology", "The Importance of Being Ernest", "Ah Wilderness", "Our Town", "Tom Jones", and many more.
Mark is very proud of his first one man show - "Oscar Wilde - In His Own Words". A play written and performed by Mark beginning in 1975.
Act 2 - Stand-Up Comedy
In the early to mid 1970's through 1979 Mark played in many of the nations comedy clubs. He enjoyed the experience of standing in front of an audience and working to make them laugh. He enjoyed working alone and in a couple cases working with a partner as a comedy team. Mark was proud to be apart of Ernest D. Glucksman's comedy troupe. An early group of comedians, led and instructed by the great Ernie Glucksman. They wrote and performed their own material at clubs in the Los Angeles area.
In those early days of modern stand-up Mark had the great honor of performing on the same stage with people who have become incredible stars. He was lucky to see the very early work of Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Jimmie Walker, Freddie Prinze, to name a few.
Mark enjoyed stand-up but much preferred his theater experience.
Act 3 - Biblical Portrayals
In 1983 Mark was encouraged by famed child actor Bobs Watson to combine his theater background with his faith based efforts. Mark was moved by Bobs Watson and his ability to combine his acting with his faith; Bobs was 33 years a movie actor and then 33 years a Methodist Minister. Mark took up the challenge and developed his one-man Biblical Portrayals. The series is entitled "In Their Own Words".
Since 1984 Mark has performed his Biblical Portrayals around the world in churches, halls and theaters. His performances have been translated into many different languages. In 2008 his Portrayal of Saint Paul "One Body, Many Parts - Saint Paul, In His Own Words" was filmed and shown in movie theaters nationwide.
In 2009 Judas Iscariot, Saint Joseph, Doubting Thomas and Simon Peter were filmed on location in the middle of the desert. These films/DVDs are due to be released.
Act 4 - Misc.
Over the years Mark has been in numerous television and radio commercials for some of the largest companies in the world. The following is one TV commercial he did for a regional Toyota group: