Founding & Producing Director
Starting in film and television at age 9, Mark did a number of local television commercials in Hawaii and worked as an actor in shows like Hawaii 5-0, Charlie’s Angels, Rockford Files, The Jeffersons and Eight Is Enough. By age 12 he was performing regularly on the stage, and after graduation from High School was awarded the Presidential Scholar In The Arts by President Reagan in 1982. That same year he was flown to Washington D.C. where he was presented with the honor and performed at the Kennedy Center.
In 1984, Mark founded Starving Artists Theatre Company, an international theatre group known for presenting cutting edge drama around the world. As Managing Director and Artistic Director, Mark produced over sixty productions and directed twelve pieces for the company. Their pieces were invited to represent the United States at a number of high profile International Theatre Festivals, including Toronto’s duMaurier International Festival, Dublin’s World Stage Festival, Philadelphia’s Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Their work has transferred to London, Auckland, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Munich, Paris and Seattle.
Awards and Honors: As an adult, Mark was recognized as one of the outstanding stage performers in the United Kingdom. He has been awarded the Manchester Evening News Award for Best Actor of the Year. He was awarded the first ever London Stage award for Outstanding Actor at the Edinburgh Festival in 1995 and two Po’okela Awards for his stage work in Honolulu.
Some of the British theatres Mark has appeared at include The Traverse Theatre, The Tron, The Arches, The Green Room, Manchester Royal Exchange, Manchester Library Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Finborough Theatre, Drill Hall, BAC, Leicester Haymarket and The Drum Plymouth.
Mark had appeared in a variety of television and film roles. Films include: Fifty First Dates, The Mod Squad, Underclassmen, Man In The Moon, Take Me With You and The Ghosts of Los Angeles. He also appeared on the Radio 4 Monday Night Play, Pacific Dreams.