CURRICULUM VITAE

 

MARK COLSON

 

806 W. Willoughby Rd.                                                                                                                      213-220-7948

Lansing, MI 48911

IMDB –Mark Colson

Website –wwwMark-Colson.com                                                                                            markwcolson@gmail.com

SAG AFTRA   Screen Actors Guild

AEA                 Actors Equity Association

 

EDUCATION

 

Master of Fine Arts in Acting, 1991

National Theatre Conservatory – Denver Center

Denver, CO

 

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, 1985

Webster University – Conservatory for the Performing Arts

St. Louis, MO

 

Yale University/British American Drama Academy at Oxford University (Acting)

Summer of 1984

Oxford, England

 

Yale University (Acting)

Summer of 1981

New Haven, CN

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

 

2011 – 2018                    Assistant Professor of Media Acting

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

 

2007 – 2011                    Instructor of Acting and Improvisation

                                    Glendale College, Glendale, CA

 

1987 – 1990                    Instructor of Acting

                                    Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI

 

COURSES TAUGHT

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

 Acting I: THR 101

First year course designed to set up a solid foundation and approach to acting. Focusing on physical and vocal awareness, the basics of character creation and script analysis, (objectives, beats and actions), through exercises, improvisation, rehearsal, and performance. Establishes an appreciation for the craft of acting by engaging as responsive, respectful, audience members.

 Acting II: THR 201

Intermediate acting class. Approaching acting through the work of Sanford Meisner with a focus on character development and script analysis.  A strong focus on realism and realistic acting choices, as opposed to a broad “performance”, style acting. An intensive course with a significant amount of time spent on getting actors out of their heads– simply focusing on listening and responding. An exploration in given circumstances, realistic- almost “cinematic” behavior, objectives, and inner monologue- the power of living in-between the lines. The objectives of the class are achieved through scene study, rehearsal, and presentations of works by contemporary playwrights.

Topics in Acting/Directing I – On-Camera Acting:  THR 204

An on-camera acting course expanding on foundational tools experienced in THR 101 and THR 201.  A rigorous exploration of beginning on-camera acting techniques for television and film.  Experiential learning by the implementation of continuity exercises, commercials, one-line auditions, and audition scenes, utilizing commercial and television copy.  An in-depth examination of terms used in film and television production.  

Movement Studio I: THR 207

A demanding movement course for actors.  Developing physical awareness by strengthening and expanding range of motion for emerging performers. Experience and practice in composition and performance through expressive movement. Developing characters through observation, physical exploration, animal imagery, and emotional connection.  Laban, Alexander Technique, physical improvisation, and mask work.

Topics in Acting/Directing II – On-Camera Acting : THR 304

On-camera acting course expanding on foundational principals explored in THR 204.  An in-depth scene study class.  Advanced study of extended TV and film auditions, green screen techniques and scene work.  A focus on developing a heightened sense of inner monologue and subtext.  Advanced understanding of terms used on-set in TV and film.

THR 304 and STA 472 – (Collaboration):

Collaborative section taught with Peter Glendinning, Art, Art History, and Design.  Photography students shot headshots using actors from THR304.  Exploration using studio and natural light, creating professional head shots. Exploration of relationship between actor and photographer in achieving a desired result that can help in branding and marketing.

THR 304 and ENG 335 – (Collaboration):

Student film directors from Film Studies partnered with actors from THR304.  Short films were created exploring the relationship between actor and director.  Creating a common vocabulary, fostering communication to achieve the director’s vision and a strong, connected performance for the actor.    

Directing:  THR 341

Introduction to directing for the stage.  Concentrated instruction on skills used to transform a script into live theatre. Interactive workshop in directing and incorporating technical and design elements for onstage production. Hands-on practice in effectively blocking (staging) and communicating with actors. Specific focus in understanding and communicating the story being told- storytelling.

Topics in Acting/Directing III –Creating Content: THR 404

A media acting practicum.  An in-depth, interdisciplinary course, developing techniques implemented in THR 204 and THR 304. A strong emphasis on new media, focusing on advanced level acting values and storytelling.  An exploration in conceptualizing ideas/projects and developing skills as a writer, producer, director, actor, editor and collaborator.  An evaluation of creative, technical, and practical aspects of filmmaking with the capability of working as an artist in a competitive global environment. The short films created begin to define the vision and aesthetics of the student as an artist, filmmaker, and storyteller.

Special Topics / Integrated Media Arts: CAS 496

Theatre2Film Project.  Creating a feature film, from preproduction, filming, to postproduction. This course is designed for students taking leadership positions as producers, directors, editors, directors of photography, art directors, audio mixers/editors.  The completed feature film premieres during the summer at the Traverse City Film Festival, the East Lansing Film Festival, and a variety of national film festivals. (Four feature films in total)  

Acting Practicum -On-Camera: THR 801

Graduate level media-acting and filmmaking practicum. Advanced level on-camera techniques for auditioning and performing in television, film, and new media. Collaborative exploration of media acting using digital video to produce original work. Experience in writing, shooting, and editing short films providing tools to empower working actors.

Acting Practicum –Scene Study: THR 801

Intensive scene study focusing on the work of Sam Shepard and Harold Pinter.  Advanced level-- emphasis on inner-monologue, given circumstances, objectives, and connection. Warm-ups and class exercises enhance the relationship to partner, utilizing this exploration in scene work. The focus is a heightened connection to a scene partner, tracking nuanced changes in behavior that would dictate changes in the actor dynamic and the scene. The goal is to stay invested in the moment and scene partner, allowing the scene to evolve/change during rehearsal and performance.            

GLENDALE COLLEGE

Acting and Improvisation: LS 121

Mixed level acting and improvisation class. Exploring improvisational techniques based on exercises and teachings of Viola Spolin; saying “yes” while cultivating listening skills and spontaneous responses. Creating character through strong physical and vocal choices. Identifying objectives, beats and actions in a scene.

Improvisation: LS 220

Mixed level beginning improvisation class designed for older students with disabilities.  The participants were dealing with physical and neurological degenerative disorders. We focused on engaging students in warm-ups, games, and basic improvisational exercises to help with physical mobility and mental stimulation. This class was flexible based on student attendance and personal limitations.        

LANSING COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Beginning Acting: THR 120

Introduction to the craft of acting. Providing a foundation in the process of creating a character through voice, movement and script analysis. Developing skills and confidence as an actor through theatre games, monologues, and scene study.

Voice and Speech: THR 130

Introduction to the principles of voice and speech for actors. Strengthening the voice as an instrument and maintaining proper breathing for successful vocal production based on the work of Kristin Linklater and Edith Skinner. Exploring pronunciation using the techniques of Non Regional Stage Standard (NRSS).

Movement: THR 141

Introductory course in movement for actors.  The goals; increasing strength, flexibility, and physical awareness. Developing characters through observation, physical exploration, animal imagery, and emotional connection.

Stage Combat: THR 160

Introductory stage combat. Fundamentals of fight choreography including hand-to-hand, quarter staff, rapier/dagger, and broad sword combat for safe and dynamic fight sequences. Advanced Acting: THR 233

Advanced level acting. Performance-based intensive acting course. Systematically approaching script analysis by focusing on objectives, actions, and beats. Strong emphasis on inner monologue.

STAGE DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

 Theatre2Film4  *World Premiere   Michigan State University                   Studio 60                         2017

Bike America                                           Michigan State University                   Summer Circle       2017

Theatre2Film3  *World Premiere   Michigan State University (Assistant Dir.)          Fairchild Theatre               2017

Theatre2Film2  *World Premiere    Michigan State University                   The Broad Art Museum    2016

The American Plan                                 Michigan State University                  Summer Circle       2015

Theatre2Film    *World Premiere          Michigan State University                              Studio 60                        2015

Detroit                                                   Michigan State University                              Summer Circle                  2014

True West                                               Williamston Theatre – MSU                           Williamston, MI               2014

U.P.                   *World Premiere           Michigan State University                              RCAH Theatre                2013

Mother Courage and Her Children      Michigan State University                              Fairchild Theatre              2012

Othello                                                   Knightsbridge Theatre                                   Pasadena, CA                  2005

The Taming of the Shrew                      Knightsbridge Theatre                                   Pasadena, CA                  2004

Julius Caesar                                          Castle Green Shakespeare                              Pasadena, CA                  2003

Romeo and Juliet                                   Michigan Repertory Company                       Lansing, MI                    1990

As You Like It                                          Michigan Repertory Company                       Lansing, MI                    1990

The Odyssey                                          Michigan Repertory Company                       Lansing, MI                    1989

The Crucible                                           Michigan Repertory Company                       Lansing, MI                    1989

The Trojan Women                                Olivet College                                             Olivet, MI                       1989

One for the Road                                   Webster University                                      St. Louis, MO                  1985

Miss Julie                                                Lansing Community College                           Lansing, MI                    1984

Fool for Love                                          Lansing Community College                           Lansing, MI                    1982

 

STAGE ACTING EXPERIENCE – Professional  (Complete resume available upon request)

(*) Denotes World Premiere

 *Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Elusive Ear        

                                       Sherlock            Purple Rose Theatre Company         Guy Sanville                     2018

*Pulp                              R.A. Lyncroft     Williamston Theatre                       Tony Caselli                     2016

*Gaps in the Fossil Record  Richard     Purple Rose Theatre Company        Guy Sanville                    2016

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol Jacob Marley Williamston Theatre                         Julia Glander                  2015

*Gravedigger, A Frankenstein Story-  Kurt         Williamston Theatre                       John Lepard                   2014

Cyrano de Bergerac     Cyrano                        MSU Fairchild Theatre         Edward Daranyi    2014

Othello                            Iago                       The American Shakespeare Coll.       Vincent Murphy             2012

The Hostage                  I.R.A. Officer           Theatre Banshee                          McKerrin Kelly               2010

MacBeth                         Ross                      Theatre Banshee                          Sean Branney                2010

The Crucible                   Putnam                  Theatre Banshee                          Sean Branney               2010

The Field                         Mick                      Theatre Banshee                          Sean Branney               2009

Of Mice and Men           Slim                       Theatre Banshee                          Rebecca Marcotte        2008

*In Walked Monk.          Davidson                Hudson Theatre                           James Warwick             2005

Of Mice and Men           Slim                       Knightsbridge Theatre                    Todd Boonack               2001

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Oberon/Theseus   Knightsbridge Theatre                    Todd Boonack               2000

A Christmas Carol          Marley/Future         Sierra Repertory Theatre                Dennis Jones                1998

Simoom                            Lt. Guinard              Second Stage                               Sean Cole                     1993

The Love Council            Jesus Christ             Odyssey Theatre                         Ron Sossi                      1992

The Three Sisters            Koolygin                Gene Dynarski Theatre                  Sonya Sweeny             1991

Julius Caesar                   Messalla/Murellus     Denver Center Theatre                   Laird Williamson          1990

Twelfth Night                    Antonio                  Denver Center Theatre                   Laird Williamson          1989

The American Clock        Brewster/Bush         Denver Center Theatre                   Randal Myler                1989

The Man Who Came to Dinner     Banjo                  Denver Center Theatre                   Donovan Marley          1989

A Christmas Carol            Jack                       Denver Center Theatre                   Laird Williamson          1988

A Midsummer Night’s Dream      Snug                     Boarshead Theatre                        John Peakes                 1987

*A Picture of Oscar Wilde  Oscar                   Boarshead Theatre                        John Peakes                1986

In the Sweet Bye and Bye  Bill                        Boarshead Theatre                        John Peakes                1986

Joe’s Friendly                     Kelso                     Boarshead Theatre                        Judith Gentry              1986

Oklahoma!                          Slim                       Good Times Dinner Theatre            Gray Stevens              1984

A Tale of Two Cities           Ensemble                Repertory Theatre of St. Louis        Wallace Chappell      1982

Tartuffe                                Servant/ Guard         Repertory Theatre of St. Louis        Philip Kerr                  1981

 

STAGE ACTING EXPERIENCE – Non-Professional/ Academic

Merry Wives of Windsor            Ford                      Turner House Festival                   Penny Owen              1988

Medea                                      Jason                     Turner House Festival                   Penny Owen              1987

Othello                                      Cassio                    Turner House Festival                   Penny Owen              1987

The Taming of the Shrew          Baptista                 Turner House Festival                   Penny Owen              1987

Troilus and Cressida                  Hector                    Michigan Repertory Company        Douglas Campbell    1987

The Trojan Women                     Soldier                      Michigan Repertory Company            Douglas Campbell   1987

The Winter’s Tale                        Leontes                  Michigan Repertory Company        Tommy Gomez          1986

The Tavern                               Vagabond               Turner House Festival                   Laurel Merlington    1985

The Madwoman of Chaillot       Ragpicker               Turner House Festival                   Ed Kruis                     1985

The Trojan Woman                     Poesidon                Oaks Theatre                               Louise Manske         1985

A Midsummer Night’s Dream    Theseus                 Turner House Festival                   Tommy Gomez         1985

 

TELEVISION ACTING EXPERIENCE – Professional

 Outsiders (Season 2)                   Pat Kersey      Guest Star                                     WGN America      2016

Outsiders (Season 1) 5 Episodes Pat Kersey        Recurring                                WGN America      2015

Banshee                                    Aaron Boedicker     Recurring                                       OC Madsen           2015

Low Winter Sun                          Ken Benson            Recurring                                    Sam Miller              2013

Bones                                       The Raven              Guest Star                                   Ian Toynton            2011

Justified                                     Hobart Curtis           Recurring                                    Tony Goldwyn        2011

Madmen                                   Bill Shepard             Guest Star                                   Phil Abraham         2010

Parks and Recreation                   Art Council -Chair       Guest Star                                         Dean Holland         2011

Lie To Me                                  Angry Man             20th Century Fox                          Jim Hayman           2010

The Young and the Restless         Motel Manger          Recurring                                    CBS                        2010

My Own Worst Enemy                  Prisoner                  Universal Media                     Gwyneth Horder-Payton   2008

Medium                                    Smoker                   Grammnet Productions                  Patricia Arquette   2009

Heroes                                     Mr. Zern                Recurring                                    NBC                        2007

CSI: NY                                    Kevin Green            Guest Star                                   David Von Ancken   2006

Invasion                                   Deputy Munger       Recurring                                    NBC                        2006

King Of Queens                          Gus                       Guest Star                                   Rob Schiller           2005

The Gilmore Girls                        Cowboy                 Guest Star                                   Jamie Babbit        2002

Angel                                       Izzy                      Recurring                                    20th Century Fox  2004

Alias                                        Ops Director            Guest Star                                   Dan Attias              2002

Carnivale                                  Farmer                   HBO                                         Rodrigo Garcia      2003

Grounded for Life                        Coach                    Guest Star                                   John Blanchard     2002

Star Trek – Voyager                    Dream Alien             Guest Star                                   Alexander Singer  1998

Judging Amy                              Cop                      20th Century Fox                          Jim Hayman          2000

Profiler                                     Carter                    Guest Star                                   James Whitmore   1997

Seven Days (Pilot)                       Officer                    NBC                                         James McPherson 1997

Working                                   Prisoner                  ABC                                         Andrew Tzoa          1998

Sabrina the Teenage Witch            Security                  CBS                                          Dwayne Richmond  1999

Evening Shade                           Mel                       Guest Star                                   James Hampton      1996

Days of Our Lives                       Gabriel                   Recurring Principal (1.5 yrs)           Corday Productions 1992

 

FILM ACTING EXPERIENCE – Professional

 Stay with MeTheatre2Film3   Revis- Lead                 Theatre2Film                                Stuart Heinlein      2017

Splinter (Short)                             Lead                          Unfinished Films                           Curtis Matzke          2016

Alaska is a Drag                               Ray                          Fishbowl Films                 Shaz Bennett          2015

The Whisperer in Darkness           Walter Brown          H.P.L.H.S. Films                           Sean Branney         2010

Passed the Door of Darkness        McCasey               Night Light Films                          Peter Mervis           2008

Marked                                    Dr. Frederikson        Night Light Films                          Dustin Voigt           2007

Flags of Our Fathers                    Reporter LA            Warner Brothers                           Clint Eastwood      2006

Hi, Hello (short)                          Deiter                     Gatsby Ent.                                Kelly Johnston       2006

Pendulum (short)                        Doctor                   Planet Janet Films                         Peter Mervis          2005

The Curse and Smoking Jacket     Sam                       Jupiter Giant                               Peter Mervis          2003

Demolition Man                          Young Smithers        Warner Brothers                           Marco Brambilla   1993

 

MOTION CAPTURE EXPERIENCE – Professional

 Call of the Dead                          George A. Romero       ACTIVISION                 2010

 

COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE – NATIONAL – Professional 

Motorola Professor Joe Pytka 2006

Target                                      Thug                               Mainstream Productions    2005

Acura                                       Skinny Santa                Tool                              2004

Red Lobster                               Friend                           Tool                              2003

 

VOICE OVER EXPERIENCE – AUDIO BOOK –Professional

The Brotherhood of the Beast         Col. Kline, Harris       H.P. Lovecraft               Dark Adventures Radio      2016

The Colour Out of Space               Nahum Gardner        H.P. Lovecraft               Dark Adventures Radio      2013

Herbert West –Reanimator             Phineas                  H.P. Lovecraft               Dark Adventures Radio      2013

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward   John Brown            H.P. Lovecraft               Dark Adventures Radio      2013

The Call of Cthulhu                      Mr. Lester               H.P. Lovecraft                Dark Adventures Radio      2013

Shadow Out Of Time                    Dr. Chambers           H.P. Lovecraft                 Dark Adventures Radio      2008

The Dunwich Horror                   Wilbur Whateley       H.P. Lovecraft                Dark Adventures Radio      2008

The Shadow Over Innsmouth         Gilman House          H.P. Lovecraft                Dark Adventures Radio      2008

Longinus                                  Narrator                  Steven Maines              Purple Haze Press            2008

Myrriddin                                  Narrator                  Steven Maines              Purple Haze Press            2007

 

SCREENWRITING EXPERIENCE – Professional

 Passed the Door of Darkness         Co-Written with Peter Mervis    (Purchased)         Night Light Films              2006

 

FILMMAKING AND SCREENWRITING EXPERIENCE

Theatre2FilmFour            Original Screenplay Written Collaboratively with MSU Students    2017

Theatre2FilmThree          Original Screenplay Written Collaboratively with MSU Alumni and Students                2016

Theatre2FilmTwo             Adapted Original Screenplay Written Collaboratively with MSU Students                     2015

Theatre2Film                   Original Screenplay Written Collaboratively with MSU Students      2014

U.P.                              Adapted Original Screenplay into Stage Play                               MSU                             2012

On Becoming        Short film: Written, Produced, Directed, Acted and Edited              New Media              2008

Todd Starkweather          Short film: Written, Produced, Directed, Acted and Edited              New Media             2008

My Qualities                     Short film: Written, Produced, Directed, Acted and Edited               New Media            2008

U.P.                              Feature film: Co-Written with Peter Mervis                         Down State Productions     1998

REALITY TV EXPERIENCE

The Shabby Chic TV Show     - E! Entertainment  Los Angeles, CA  9/2000 – 9/2003

On-camera co-host with Rachel Ashwell. One of the first “How To” lifestyle shows on television.  Traveling with Rachel to flea markets in Los Angeles and across the country. Buying vintage furniture, discussing refurbishment options, implementing these changes, working towards the reveal of Rachel’s vision for each piece. Primary function, beyond the restoration of furniture, was to be a catalyst for conversation, provide grounding in practical and alternative possibilities, project a positive and light hearted tone that furthered the S. brand.  

TRAINING

 Acting: Earle Gister, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Damon, Agnes Wilcox, Penny Owen, Tanya Belov, Richard Johnson, Steven Woolf, John Peakes, Jan Eliasberg, Wayne Loui, Douglas Campbell, Tony Church,

 Movement: Charlie Oates, Nancy Spanier, Sarah Barker, James Donlin, Max Dixon, Ann McCauley, Michael Johnson Chase

 Voice: Gary Logan, Claire Davidson, Alan Clarey, Ann Quirk

 Directing: Marita Woodruff, Christopher Selbie

 Improvisation: Frank Torok, Steve Kaplan

 

RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

 Thespie Award – Lansing State Journal

       Best Ensemble for 2017 Summer Circle Theatre Season, Bike America, director, 2018

 Wilde Award Nomination -  Williamston Theatre, Pulp, RA Lyncroft, 2017

 Horror Haus Film Festival – Nomination for Best Actor, Splinter, 2017

 Resident Artist -  Granted status at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 2016

         Awarded for work as an actor in Gaps in the Fossil Record.

 Audience Award, Madiera International Film Festival in Portugal, 2016

         For Whisperer in the Darkness, feature film

 Thespie Award – Lansing State Journal

        Best Actor in a Leading Role  Cyrano -   Cyrano de Bergerac

       “A flawless performance by Mark Colson”  Lansing City Pulse

 Best Film Award – Renovation Film Festival, The Whisperer in Darkness, Actor, 2014

 Publication -Inner Monologue in Acting by Rob Roznowski   Contributor Credit   Palgrave Macmillan, 2013  

 Pulsar Award Nomination – Lansing City Pulse

      For performance of Iago in Othello at The American Shakespeare Collective, 2013

      “Mark Colson was exceedingly eely as the classic Shakespearean villain, in the TASC production of Othello - Lansing City Pulse

Best Ensemble Award

      The Crucible at Theatre Banshee by LA Weekly and Los Angeles

      Drama Critics Circle, 2011

Best Revival Award

      The Crucible at Theatre Banshee by LA Weekly, 2011

Best Season Small Theatre Award

      Theatre Banshee, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, 2011 – 2012 Season

      Company member since 2008 and actor in two of four shows produced that season.

Ovation Award Nomination

      Performance of Slim in Of Mice And Men at Theatre Banshee, 2008

      The Ovation awards are the “highest profile contest for Los Angeles theatre. The only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles.

Scholarship recipient at the National Theatre Conservatory, 1991

      The “Brown Bag” award for leadership, scholastic achievement, and stage performance

 

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE

Continued International TV broadcast exposure, multiple TV programs and films, 1999 – Present

      Markets servicing viewers in Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, England, France.

Razor Reel Flanders Film Festival, Panel Discussion: The making of, A Whisperer in Darkness, 2011

      Bruges, Belgium      

 

NATIONAL EXPOSURE  

Continued National Broadcast Exposure, Multiple TV Programs and Films, 1999 – Present

      Markets servicing viewers, all fifty states – TV, cable, DVD, Internet rental, electronic sales.

 

 COMMUNITY OUTREACH

 Assistant Director, Riverwalk Theatre, Buried Child, 2018

Invited Guest Speaker, Charlotte Historical Society, Subject: The life of Z William Colson, 2017

Lansing State Journal, Newspaper article about the collaboration of Theatre2Film3, 2017

Coffee Break Morning Show – LCC Radio, interview, Pulp, 2016

     Promoting the production – talking about new play development and it relates to character development.

Renegade Theatre Festival – Staged Reading, Theatre2Film3 - Writer, Director, 2016

The State News, Newspaper article about the continued success of Theatre2Film2, 2016

Keynote speaker – Charlotte Rotary Club, “The Road Less Traveled,” 2016

     Conversation about career as actor and educator.

Williamston Today, Newspaper article about the World Premiere of Pulp at the Williamston Theatre, 2016

Lansing State Journal, Newspaper article promoting the production of Pulp at the Williamston Theatre, 2016

Traverse City Film FestivalTheatre2Film Sorta Late – Official Screening - Premiere, 2016

Current State – WKAR Local NPR radio station, interview, Gaps in the Fossil Record, 2016

      The process of working on a new play and how it relates to performance.

The State News, Newspaper article about students creating Theatre2Film, 2015

Renegade Theatre Festival - Children’s Stage -  Produced Event, 2015

Renegade Theatre Festival – Staged reading, Home Again, Actor and Director, 2014

Keynote Speaker - Senior Tea, Charlotte Women’s Club, Charlotte Center for the Performing Arts, 2014

       The journey of becoming an artist.

Riverwalk Theatre – Staged reading, Sam Is Your Name Sam Is Your Story, Actor 2014

Lansing Community College – Presentation on being a professional actor.  2014

       Instructor, Andy Callis

Lansing State Journal, Newspaper article about creating the Theatre2Film Project, 2015

Williamston Today, Newspaper article about staging Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, 2015

Current State – WKAR Local NPR radio station, Interview,  Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, 2015

      The process of bringing a performance to the stage.

Post Show Discussion -A collaboration with MSU Prof. Steve Rachman, Dickens scholar, 2015

      Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol.   

Current State -  Local NPR radio station, interviewed about process of creating Theatre2Film, 2015

Invierno – Staged reading – The American Shakespeare Collective – Renegade Theatre Festival, 2013

Ode – Staged reading – Renegade Theatre Festival, 2013

Keynote Speaker – The Taming of the Shrew – Aquila Theatre Company – Wharton Center, 2012

Keynote Speaker – The Improvised Shakespeare Company – Wharton Center, 2012

Evening College Presenter – Friends of Theatre – Michigan State University, 2012

      Lecture on Media’s ever-expanding role in Theatre.

Othello – Staged reading – Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference – Michigan State University, 2012

Othello – Staged reading – The American Shakespeare Collective – Renegade Theatre Festival, 2012

Founding member of The American Shakespeare Collective (TASC), 2011

Creating content for Alive, a preventative health facility and wellness center partnered with Hayes Green Beach

       Hospital, Charlotte, MI, 2013-present

Creating courses, events, and media content with Alive advisory board and MFA acting students, focusing on the

connection between the Arts and sustained mental and physical health.

Lansing Community College – Presentation on directing for Intro to Theatre Class, 2012

      Instructor, Chad Badgero.

What Fools These Mortals Be – Touring production, Denver Center Theatre, 1991

Introducing students to the work of William Shakespeare. Performances in Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, New Mexico and Nebraska for more than 2,500 students.

Museum of Outdoor Arts Collection – 1990

Touring production exploring mime, mask, and movement. Performances in Denver, Using existing pieces of art and sculpture as the backdrop and basis of movement pieces.

Arctic Dreams – Movement piece based on Barry Lopez’s novel, 1989 / National Theatre Conservatory

Performances for over 1000 students in the Denver Area.

Founding member of the Michigan Repertory Company, 1987

In conjunction with a residency by Douglas Campbell. MRC – dedicated to preserving classical theatre in a forum accessible to a modern audience. Free outdoor performances. Performer, director and producer.

Get A Handle On Your Mitten – Touring production, Boarshead Theatre, 1986

Reaching over 2,000 students in Michigan.

Theatre for the Incarcerated – Green Oaks Maximum Detention Center for Juveniles – Brighton, MI, 1987-1988.

Classes centering on improvisation, role-playing being the main focus, presenting situations that give inmates alternatives to lives of violence and crime.

 

SERVICE:  UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, & DEPARTMENT

UNIVERSITY -INTERNATIONAL  

European Release of the film The Whisperer in Darkness, 2011

            Premiere screening and member of a panel discussion for the Razor Reel Film Festival in Bruges, Belgium.

 

UNIVERSITY

Mentored

Mentoring Stuart Heinlein, (Outside of CAL) COM Alumni, Discussed the logistics on living in Los Angeles - 2019

and introduced him to him to well established Spartan Alumni.

Theatre2Film4- Crandie’s Diner, Screening at the Traverse City Film Festival, Led panel discussion for students, 2018

            Post screening discussion regarding the nature of the project and the experiential learning environment

              created for the students.  Over fifty students participated in the informal discussion.

Theatre2Film4 – Crandie’s Diner, Collaboration with CAS, CAL and the College of Music, 2017 – 2018

            Continued collaboration within the university.  Directed the play version, Mentored students during filming.

            Mentored post-production editing.  Executive Producer.

 Theatre2Film4 – Crandie’s Diner, Collaboration with CAS and CAL students, Writing group, 2017- 2018

            Developed, mentored play and screenplay.

 Theatre2Film3 – Stay with Me, Screening at the East Lansing Film Festival, Led panel discussion for students, 2017

 Theatre2Film3 – Stay with Me, Screening at the Traverse City Film Festival, 2017

            Post screening discussion regarding the nature of the project and the experiential learning environment

              created for the students.  Over fifty students participated in the informal discussion.

 Theatre2Film3 – Stay with Me, Collaboration with CAS, CAL and the College of Music, 2016 -2017

            Continued collaboration with the university. Mentored students during filming. Mentored post-production.

 Directed the play version of Theatre2Film3.   Executive Producer of feature film.

 Theatre2Film3 – Stay with Me, Collaboration with CAS and CAL students, Writing group, 2016 -2017

            Developed, mentored the play and screenplay.  

 Media Arts Collaborative – Established to create a hub for media arts projects between, CAL, CAS, and COM.  

            Dedicated to creative endeavors in integrated media arts.  Creating projects that cut across disciplines to

            enrich undergraduate learning.  Theatre2Film helped to establish this committee, 2014 - 2016

 Theatre2Film Committee – Examining and streamlining the established procedures for the entire T2F project, in order

            to enhance student learning. Formed on the success of T2F.   2014 – 2018

 Theatre2Film2 – Sorta Late, Screening at the Miami Film Festival, 2016

 Theatre2Film2 – Sorta Late, Screening at the East Lansing Film Festival, Led panel discussion for students, 2016

 Theatre2Film2 – Sorta Late, Screening at the Traverse City Film Festival, 2016

            Post screening discussion regarding the nature of the project and the experiential learning environment

              created for the students.  Over fifty students participated in the informal discussion.

              Moderated by Michael Moore.  (Not in attendance. Implementing LA Away Program)

 Theatre2Film2 - Sorta Late, Collaboration with CAS, CAL and the College of Music, 2015 – 2016

            Continued collaboration within the university.  Directed the play version, Mentored students during filming.

            Mentored post-production editing.  Executive Producer.  

 Theatre2Film2 – Sorta Late, Collaboration with CAS and CAL students, Writing group, 2015-2016

            Developed and mentored play and screenplay.

 Theatre2Film – (313) Choices, Screening at the East Lansing Film Festival, Led panel discussion for students, 2015

 Theatre2Film – (313) Choices, Screening at the Traverse City Film Festival, Led panel discussion for students, 2015

            Post screening discussion regarding the nature of the project and the experiential learning environment

              created for the students.  Over seventy students participated in the discussion.  

 Theatre2Film - (313) Choices, Collaboration with CAS, CAL and the College of Music,  2014 -2015

              Conceived the Theatre2Film Project and sought out collaborators within the university. 

Directed the play version of Theatre2Film.  Mentored students during filming. Mentored students during post production. Executive Producer.

Theatre2Film – (313) Choices, Collaboration with CAS and CAL students, Writing group, 2014-2015

            Developed and mentored play and screenplay.

Mentored Students Outside of CAL, Letters of Recommendation and connecting with Alumni, 2015, 2016

     Stuart Heinlein, CAS, Connected with alumni, Post production supervisor on The O.C., 2017

            Wrote L.O.R. for Disney Directing Program - 2017

     Tim Montoya, CAS, Connected him with alumni, supervising producer, Netflix pilot., 2016

     Keenan Wetzel,  CAS, Letters of Rec. for film/graduate schools, USC, UCLA, AFI, NYU., 2016

     Liz Riesterer – CAS, Letter of Recommendation to SAG- AFTRA, Hired for position., 2015

     Carrie Stalk,  CAS, Connected her with alumni pursuing production in Los Angeles., 2015

 Artist in Residency Committee, College of Arts and Letters,  2014, 2015, 2016

 Guest lecturer, STA472, Prof. Peter Glendinning, “What makes a Headshot Memorable”, 2015, 2016

              Art, Art History and Design.

 Fourth Annual Theatre Film Festival at The Broad Museum, 2015

 Guest Lecturer, CAS396, David Wheeler, Media Sandbox – Media and Information, 2015

 Collaboration between Dept. of Art, Art History and Design,  Famous Affiliates.  J.R. Mankoff.  Coordinated photo  

            with Peter Glendinning.   Four Theatre students were chosen for shoot, 2015

Guest Lecturer  -Collaboration with Dept. of Art and Art History and Design, Peter Glendinning, Coordinated Theatre               students and Photography students for headshot photo shoot.   STA472, 2015, 2016 

Guest Lecturer -Collaboration with Media and Information, TC 341 and THR 491, Troy Hale – Instructor, 2013

Guest Lecturer -Collaboration with Media and Information, Casting of short films, Troy Hale, 2014

 

COLLEGE

Guest Lecturer -Collaboration with Jeff Wray (CAL), Adaptation of Theatre2Film3 from a play into screenplay, 2016

Traverse City Film Festival – Coordinating Instructor, Class on smart phone filmmaking, 2016

      Created curriculum with Peter Johnston and implemented by MSU students.

Guest Lecturer -Collaboration with ENG 335 and THR 204, Prof. Jeff Wray (CAL) – Instructor, 2014, 2015, 2016

            Filmmakers and Actors collaborated to create short films.

 Guest Lecturer, ENG 335,  Prof. Jeff Wray (CAL), “The Process of the Actor and Director, 2015

             How to get the best performance from your actor.

 Traverse City Film Festival -  Instructor, Class on green screen acting, 2015

      Instructed actors in the technical aspects of acting under imaginary circumstances.

Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, 2014

Commencement Speaker Coach, 2014

Guest Lecturer -Collaboration with ENG 335 and THR 304, Prof. Jeff Wray (CAL) - Instructor, 2013, 2015

College Advisory Council, 2012

College Curriculum Committee, 2012, 2013

Created Los Angeles Away – Study away program. (Creation and Implementation) 2011, 2012, 2016

Introducing students to the film and TV industry. Four week, intensive program introducing students to working professionals – actors, producers, directors, casting directors, agents and screenwriters. On-camera acting techniques, conceiving and executing short films.

Maintained contact with established Michigan State University Alumni living in Los Angeles, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Maintained contact with established entertainment professionals in Los Angeles, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

The Center for Applied Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Arts and Humanities (CAITLAH), Advisory Board, 2012-2013, 2013-2014

Transmedia Development Committee, 2013-2014

College of Arts and Letters Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, 2012

Commencement Speaker Coach (Speech Delivery), 2012

College of Arts and Letters Experimental Smartphone Filmmaking with AL 490, Participant, 2011

 

DEPARTMENT

New Media Project – Short film with Twenty-two Theatre2Film students.  All became Screen Actors Guild eligible

            based on my SAG status,  2016

Pre and Post Show Discussion, Theatre2Film, Broad Art Museum, Presenter, 2015

SAG-AFTRA Eligible Status, Made a short film with twenty-two students, Rochambeau, 2015

              My appearance in the film made all of the students involved SAG-AFTRA eligible.

Pre-Show Discussion, Theatre2Film, Studio 60, Presenter, 2015

Guest Lecturer, THR 304 Auditioning, Rob Roznowski, Agencies and Casting Directors in Detroit, 2015

Filmed Master Class, Fight Director Richard Ryan, Prof. Christina Traister, 2015

Academic Specialist Review Committee – Jon Little, compile materials and observations for Chair, 2015

Recruitment – Okemos High School, Performance of Animal Farm, Met with actors post performance, 2015

Michigan Thespian Festival – Adjudicator, Monologue completion, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

            Recruitment of potential students.  Over 900 high school students in attendance.  

Michigan Thespian Festival – Instructor, One master class in on-camera acting, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

              Commercial auditions and one line auditions.  Over 900 high school students in attendance.

            Recruitment of potential students.

 Mentored and Recruitment - Charlotte High School Students in production of The Great Gatsby, 2014

Technical Director Search Committee, Member 2014

Recruitment  - Warren Consolidated, Visited with students, 4/11/14. 

Recruitment – St. Clair High School, Taught on-camera acting class, 4/16/14.  

Recruitment Visit – Okemos High School – Productions of  Shrek the Musical,  Kindergarten, 2014

New Media Project – Short film with Casey Hunsberger, My Screen Actor’s Guild status, made Casey eligible for 

               SAG status, 2014

New Media Project – Feature Film with Nathan Turland, My Screen Actors Guild status, made Nathan eligible for

               SAG status, 2014

Head of BFA Acting Program,  8/28/12 – 5/5/14

Lighting Designer Search Committee, Member, 2012

Faculty representative for Spring Commencement, 2012, 2013, 2014.2015

Department of Theatre Film Festival (Creator and Administrator), 2012-present

            Evening of short films conceived, produced, directed, edited and performed by students in THR404, 2012,

            2013

The Mark Colson Film Festival (Moderator), 2012

      Fundraiser for student organization: Students Performing Arts Resources Council (SPARC)

Department of Theatre/Michigan Motion Pictures Studio Liaison, 2011-present

      Shot Green-Screen for multi- media production of U.P., utilizing Theatre students and Telecom students.

Recruitment Team, conducted tours for prospective students in February and April, 2012

STUDENT ADVISING & MENTORING

Member of Graduate Student Guidance Committee, Curren Jacobs, 2018

Introduction to LA Agent, Megan Cochrane, Alumni, 2017

Member of Graduate Student Guidance Committee, Curren Jacobs, 2017

Reference, Marley Boone, Walnut Street Theatre Apprenticeship, 2016

Verbal Recommendation, Meagan Wesner, Purple Rose Theatre Company, apprenticeship, (accepted), 2016

Letter of Recommendation, Jack Meloche, Purple Rose Theatre Company, apprenticeship, 2016

Mentored Graduate Student, Curren Jacobs, Actor, Film Project, 2016

Mentored Undergraduate Student, Mallory Maxton, Stage Manager, Theatre2Film3, 2016

Mentored Undergraduate Student, Christine Elliot, Teaching Assistant, 2016

Mentored Undergraduate Students, Mykayla Smith, Bethany Heinlein, Stuart Heinlein (CAS), 2016

            Writing group, Theatre2Film3.

Mentored Undergraduate Student, Tara Marier, Teaching Assistant, 2015

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actors –Thesis production, 2015

            Carolyn Conover, Kirill Sheynerman, Andy Head, Zev Stieinberg, Jacqaline Wheeler, Sarah Goeke.

Mentored Graduate Student, Kirill Sheynerman, Theatre2Film, theatrical and film performance, 2015

Mentored Undergraduate Student, Natassa Christides, Art, Art History and Design, 2015

            Theatre2Film Project, Commissioned student to create original painting.  Mentored student through

            Theme and context and during the creation of painting.

Mentored Undergraduate Student, BA, Christine Valle, Head Writer of Theatre2Film, (313) Choices, 2014, 2015

Mentored Undergraduate Students, BFA, BA, Writing Group for Theatre2Film, Sixteen Students, 2014, 2015

Mentored Undergraduate Student, CAS, Stuart Heinlein, Production Coordinator and Writing T2F Handbook, 2015

Mentored Undergraduate Student, CAL, Liz Riesterer, Teaching Assistant, THR404, 2015

Mentored Undergraduate Student, BA, Elle Seelye, Stage Manager and First AD,  Theatre2Film, 2014, 2015

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA scene designer, Matt Imhoff  2014, 2015

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Andy Head, True West, 2014

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA scene designer, Matt Imhoff, Cyrano de Bergerac 2014

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Zev Steinberg, True West, 2014

Faculty Advisor for Bachelor of Arts Theatre Majors, 2011-present

Faculty mentor for recent graduates now living in Los Angeles (21 students), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA scene designer, Matt Imhoff, U.P., 2013 

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Jacqueline Wheeler, 2013

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Zev Steinberg, 2013

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Andy Head, 2013

Faculty mentor for BA stage manager, David Clauson, U.P., 2013

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA costume designer, Zac Campbell, Mother Courage, 2012

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA set designer, Renee Surprenant, Mother Courage, 2012

Member of Graduate Guidance Committee for MFA actor, Leslie Hull, Mother Courage, 2012

Faculty mentor for BA dramaturg, David Clauson, Mother Courage, 2012

Faculty mentor for BA stage manager, Jennie Withers, Mother Courage, 2012

GRANTS AND DONATIONS

Media Arts Collaborative – Dean Long and Dean David, Budget for Theatre2FilmFour, 2017 – 2018

     ($40,000.00 funded)

Media Arts Collaborative – Dean Long and Dean David, Budget for Theatre2FilmThree, 2016 -2017

     ($40,000.00 funded)

Media Arts Collaborative – Dean Long and Dean David, Budget for Theatre2FilmTwo, 2015- 2016

     ($40,000.00 funded)

Media Arts Collaborative – Dean Long and Dean David.  Equipment fund for Theatre2FilmTwo, 2015

     ($14,000.00 funded)

Media Arts Collaborative – David Taft Media Fund, Funded based on the success of the Theatre2Film Project, 2015

     ($75,000 funded - Donation)

College of Arts and Letters – Student Research Award Grant, Stuart Heinlein, 2015

     ($750.00 not funded)    Stuart is a CAS student. 

College of Arts and Letters – Harp Grant, Faculty Research for the Theatre2Film Project, 2014

     ($25,000.00 not funded)

Private Investors – Theatre2Film Project, Collaboration with CAL, CAS and Dept. of Music, 2014

      ($22,500.00 funded - Donation)

College of Arts and Letters –Student Research Award Grant, Film Project, Nathan Turland, 2014

      ($750.00 funded)

College of Arts and Letters – Student Research Award Grant, Indie Film Festivals, Katie Maggart, 2014

College of Arts and Letters – Special Funding for MI Motion Pictures Studio Initiative for production of U.P., 2013

      ($4000.00 funded)

College of Arts and Letters – Faculty Research Award, 2013

      ($3000.00 not funded)

College of Arts and Letters – Faculty Research Award, 2012

      ($2000.00 not funded)

College of Arts and Letters – External Connections Grant, 2012

      ($1000.00 funded)

College of Arts and Letters – Student Research Award Grant, Dramaturg, David Clauson, Mother Courage, 2011

      ($1000.00 funded)

 

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR, DESIGN AND STAGE CONSTRUCTION

Designer, Technical Director and Lead Carpenter – Theatre Banshee – Tent Meeting, 2011

Lead Carpenter – H.P. Lovecraft H.S. - The Whisperer in Darkness (film),  2010

Lead Carpenter – Theatre Banshee – The Crucible, 2010

Lead Carpenter – Theatre Banshee – Macbeth, 2010

Technical Director, Lead Carpenter – Theatre Banshee – The Hostage, 2009

Lead Carpenter – Theatre Banshee – Of Mice and Men, 2008

 

APPRENTICESHIPS

Boarshead Theatre – Equity Apprentice, 1986 – 1987

Performed in professional productions, costume dresser, stage-hand, office assistant, scene shop and construction. Developed and performed a one man show, the world premiere of A Picture Of Oscar Wilde.

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

 SAG -AFTRA, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists 1993 - present

AEA, Actors Equity Association 1990 – present

 

REFERENCES

Prof. Harris Smith harris.smith@utah.edu                   (402) 318-1385

Prof. Christina Traister   traimez@gmail.com                (310) 213-2558

Prof. Deric McNish         mcnishde@msu.edu               (517) 884-7788