Mark transmits joy with story. He is the author of more than twenty books and audio books for children, families and adults. Since 2000, he has performed before more than 185,000 listeners of all ages in more than 1,200 performances.
Mark graduated from Columbia University, where he studied mythology with T.E. Gaster and Storytelling with Spalding Gray. He holds an MA in English and Theater from the Trinity Rep Conservatory and Rhode Island College. He has studied yoga, contemporary dance, Decroux-style mime, and holds a third degree black belt in Aikido, the martial art for peace. He has taught an undergraduate course in “Telling Lies” at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was nominated for the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.
*Yes, that’s his real name!
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The FAQ Bio
How did you start performing and telling stories?
I’d already been writing for more than a decade. A friend invited me to a storytelling group that met on Tuesdays. I was working on my novel, The Brothers Schlemiel, and I would read them excerpts. They suggested that I try “telling” instead. At first I thought, “eh, what’s the big deal.” When I finally did I fell in love. It turned out that my Bed Time Story Book collection and Trinity Rep Conservatory training gave me both a huge repertoire and all the tools I needed. In my live events and spoken-word albums, I try to be immediate — so it’s not old-fashioned or dated. If you’ve never seen one of my “comedy story concerts,” listen to the audio, check out the videos and come and see me on tour.
What age group do you target? What genre do you tell?
I hesitate to answer, “All of them.” But it’s true. I love telling and writing stories and books for all ages: senior citizens to preschoolers, families to teens, elementary, middle, high school and college.
My work includes tall tales, classics, original autobiographical lies, stories for peace, stories of Chelm, holiday tales, math stories, science stories…
If you don’t see a story or theme on my list, let me know and I’ll write or find one for you.