Mark Lerman – Director, Virginia Theatre Machine

s=”alignright size-full wp-image-81″ title=”Mark_Lerman_Actor_Producer” src=”http://virginiatheatremachine.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Mark_Lerman_Actor_Producer.jpg” alt=”Mark Lerman, Producer, actor” width=”250″ height=”300″ />Mark J. Lerman is a freelance theater director and the Proprietor / Director of the Virginia Theatre Machine.  He served as the Artistic Director at The Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI from 1990 to 2005. During this time, Perishable Theatre was at the forefront of introducing new voices to the American Theatre, and became nationally recognized as an incubator for the development of new plays.  At Perishable, Mark produced and/or presented over 140 productions. This body of work ranged from new plays to classics and included performance art, puppetry and dance.  During his tenure, he also oversaw seven on-going performance series that included: The International Women’s Playwriting Festival; The Providence Puppetry Festival; and The Multimedia and Performance Art Festival.  In addition to his directorial work at Perishable, Mark brought Perishable Theatre’s world premiere production of Only In America, by Providence playwright Aishah Rahman, to both the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC and the National Black Theater Festival in North Carolina, and directed the 1999 production of A Christmas Carol at the Trinity Repertory Company.

Mark has also served on grant panels for Theater Communications Group, Theatre Communications Group/ National Endowment for the Arts Residency Program for Playwrights, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  He was a board member of both the National New Play Network and Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Arts and Business Council of RI.  In Rhode Island Mark taught at The Rhode Island School of Design and served as guest dramaturg for the Brown University Graduate Playwriting program.

The Mayor of Providence proclaimed June 20, 2005 “Mark J. Lerman” day and presented Mark the Key to the City in “gratitude for his integrity-laden loyalty to high art, committed art, and to serving our community”.

Here in Virginia Mark most recently directed the Virginia Theatre Machine premiere of A Mercurial Roadshow commissioned by the College of William and Mary (2010),  Master Thespian’s A Christmas Carol (2008, 2009, 2010,2011), and The Gift of the Magi for Virginia Premiere Theatre presented at the Kimball Theater and Thomas Nelson Community College (2007).   Mark is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre, Speech & Dance at the College of William and Mary.

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