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A CRITIC REMINISCES
There were many talented actors and many talented directors who worked local stages during my tenure as a critic. There were not so many who combined both talents – and few who did so – and continue to do so – as effortlessly as Mark DeMichele.
Mark’s gift is a sharp-edged understanding of character that enhances both his acting and directing. I can think of two instances where his work was beyond exceptional: His portrayal of Henry Kissinger in Nixon’s Nixon at Actors Theatre of Phoenix and his direction of Suicide in B Flat at the Black Actors Troupe.
There are many other examples that I could cite but those two remain so vividly in the memory that they define Mark for me.
Here is Mark’s current resume:
MFA Acting/Directing, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1985 BA Theatre (Honors) State University of New York @ Stony Brook 1980
Actor, Canyon Moon Theatre, Sedona, AZ 2013, 2011,2010, 2003 Actor, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 2010, 1997-2004, 1989 Actor, Vortex Theatre, Albuquerque, NM 2008. Director/Actor, Phoenix Theatre New Works Festival, Phoenix, AZ 2008. Producer/Resident Director/Founder, New Works Festival @ Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 1998-2007 Actor, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson/Phoenix, AZ 2003, 2002, 1994, 1992, 1982 Director, Arizona Jewish Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 2009, 2006, 2003 Director, Eduardo Valdez, Jr. Foundation, Tempe, AZ 2003 Actor, Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 2001, 1997 Actor, Shakespeare Sedona, Sedona, AZ 2000 Director/Actor, Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA 1999-2001 Director, Oak Creek Theatre Company, Sedona, AZ 1998 Director, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR 1997, 90, 89 Actor, Second City Productions, Chicago, IL 1995-96 Director, American Southwest Theatre Company, Las Cruces, NM 1995, 1994 Director, Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, AZ 1994 Associate Director, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 1993 Director, Arizona Theatre Conference, Prescott, AZ 1992, 1993 Director, Childsplay, Inc., Tempe, AZ 1992, 1989 Director/Actor, Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. Phoenix, AZ 1991-1998 Associate Artist, Phoenix Theatre 1990-1992 Director, Walhalla Summer Theatre, Walhalla, ND 1990 Director, Theatre Works, Glendale, AZ 1990 Director, Arizona Theatre Conference, Phoenix, AZ 1989 Director of Education, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix 1988-1989 Director, Screen Actors Guild, Phoenix, AZ 1989 Director, 3rd Street Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 1989 Actor, Joseph Noble Productions, Phoenix, AZ 1987 Director, Phoenix (Little) Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 1984-93 Director, Actors Lab Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ 1984-85 Actor, Arizona Summer Arts Festival, Tucson, AZ 1984 Actor, Le Theatre, Tucson, AZ 1984 Director/Co-founder, S.U.M.Theatre Co., Auburn, NY 1983 Director, Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, Syracuse, NY 1983 Actor, Auburn Civic Theatre, Auburn, NY 1983, 82 Actor, Gaslight Theatre, Tucson, AZ 1981 Actor, The Imperial Players, Cripple Creek, CO 1981 Actor/Director, Bristol Valley Playhouse, Naples, NY 1980 Actor, Merry Go Round Playhouse, Owasco, NY 1982, 79, 78 B.
Associate Faculty, Theatre, Phoenix and Glendale Community Colleges, AZ 2009-2011 Visiting Lecturer, Theatre Dep’t, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 2004-2005 Associate Faculty, Theatre, Maricopa Community Colleges (Multiple Campuses) 1996-2004 Associate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Arts & Performance, Arizona State University West, Glendale, AZ 1994-96 Resident Faculty, Theatre/Communications, Phoenix College, Phoenix AZ 1990-1995 Visiting Faculty (Guest Director), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 1991 Acting Instructor, Phoenix Theatre Academy, Phoenix, AZ 1988-87 Acting Instructor, Arizona Academy for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ 1988 Acting Instructor, Actors Lab Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ 1984-85 Acting Instructor, Arizona Theatre Company Outreach Program, Tucson, AZ 1984 Acting Instructor, Plaza Three Academy, Tucson, AZ 1984 Associate Faculty, Humanities Department, Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY 1982-83 Adjudicator, Arizona State High School Drama Festival 1988-89 Adjudicator, NY Region VI High School Drama Festival 1979
Actor, Matanzas Pictures, “Whiplash” (aka Accidents Will Happen), Feature 2003 Actor, Jet Films, Inc. “Jerome,” Feature 1998 Actor (Co-Star), Arizona Prod. “Robin Cook’s Invasion,” NBC 1997 Actor, Erika Films, “Stranger in My Home,” CBS 1996 Actor, Arizona Productions, “My Son Is Innocent,” NBC 1996 Actor, Conspiracy Films, “No One Would Tell,” NBC 1996 Actor, Back Home Productions, “A Stranger To Love,” CBS 1996 Actor, Phony Productions, “Dead Beat,” Feature 1993 Actor, Daily Planet Productions, “Suture,” Feature 1992 Actor, Sherrick Productions, “Four Eyes,” TBS-TV 1991 Actor, Brooksfilms Ltd. “The Vagrant,” Feature 1991 Producer/Director, Corporate training Videos, U-Haul International, Phoenix, AZ 1988-90 Producer/Writer, Corporate Videos, Production Masters Inc. 1989-90 Actor, NuWest Productions, “The Highwayman,” NBC-TV 1988 Producer/Writer, Corporate Videos, Telemation Productions, Phoenix, AZ 1987-88 Assistant Director, Bainsville Productions, Studio City CA 1985-1987 Production Assistant, Steven Wright’s HBO Special, Pyramids & Ponies Productions, Los Angeles, CA 1985 IV.
Natives* (Neipris) Arizona Jewish Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 2006 The Value of Names, (Sweet) Arizona Jewish Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 2003 Joaquin: The Life and Times of Joaquin Murrietta* (Bonn) Ed. Valdez Jr. Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ 2003 King Levine* (Krevolin) Arizona Jewish Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 2003 How I Came To Be Buffalo Bill*, (Warren) Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA ; run continued at PlayWrights Theatre, Phoenix, AZ; run further continued at Rawhide, Scottsdale, AZ 2001 A Perfect Ganesh, (McNally) Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA 1999 Tuna Christmas, (Sears/William/Howard) Oak Creek Theatre Company, Sedona, AZ 1998 The Robert Hornblower Show*-Reading (Warren) SDCF/CAP 21 Studios, NY, NY 1998 A Perfect Ganesh, (McNally) Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR 1997 In The Valley of the Sun*-Reading (Richard Warren) MDM Prod./Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 1997 Tiebele and Her Demon (I.B. Singer/Friedman) Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. Phoenix, AZ 1997 The Tenth Man (Chayefsky) Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Phoenix, AZ 1996 The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of Twelve Hit Carols in a Pear Tree (Gibson ) American Southwest Theatre Company, Las Cruces, New Mexico 1995 The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill… (Shepard/Stone) MDM Productions, Phoenix, AZ 1995 Cemetery Club (Menchell) Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. Phoenix 1995 One Man’s Dance* (Levy) Arizona Jewish Theatre Co., Phoenix 1995 Suicide in B Flat (Shepard) Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix AZ 1994 Speed of Darkness (Tesich) American Southwest Theatre Co., Las Cruces, New Mexico 1994 First Is Supper (Berman) Arizona Jewish Theatre Co., Phoenix &Tucson, AZ 1993 Sly Fox (Gelbart) Phoenix Theatre, Phoenix AZ 1993 The Cherry Orchard (Checkov) Childsplay, Inc.—Vibrant Arts Grant in association with Phoenix College 1992 Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Archer) Phoenix Theatre 1991 Speed-The-Plow, (Mamet) Phoenix Theatre 1991 Cantorial, (Levin) Arizona Jewish Theatre Company 1991 Witness For the Prosecution,(Christie) Phoenix Theatre 1990 Paint Your Wagon, (Lerner/Lowe) Walhalla Summer Theatre, Walhalla, North Dakota 1990 The Mystery of Irma Vep, (Ludlam) Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR 1990 The Mystery of Irma Vep, (Ludlam) Phoenix Theatre 1990 The Empty Boxcar*, (Sherer) TheatreWorks, Glendale,AZ 1990 Theatrix!* (DeMichele) Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR 1990 The Voice of the Prairie, (Olive) Phoenix Theatre 1990 Savage/Love, (Shepard) Screen Actors Guild—Arizona Local 1989 The Nerd, (Shue) Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Little Rock, AR 1989 Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, (Durang), Arkansas Repertory Theatre 1989 Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, (Shanley) Arkansas Repertory Theatre,Little Rock, AR 1989 Embroidered Yarns*, (Monica Long Ross) Childsplay, Inc. Tempe, AZ and Arizona State tour 1989 Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, (Graczyk), Third Street Theatre, Phoenix, AZ 1989 Vikings, (Metcalf) Phoenix Theatre 1989 Tira Tells It All, (Weller) Actors Theatre of Phoenix 1988 Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Phoenix Theatre 1988 The Hothouse (Pinter) Phoenix Theatre 1988 Murder By Natural Causes* (Kelly) Phoenix Theatre 1987 The Birthday Party (Pinter) Phoenix Theatre 1987 Angels Fall (Wilson) Phoenix Theatre 1986 The Mousetrap (Christie) Phoenix Theatre 1985 Back To Methuselah (Shaw) Phoenix Theatre 1985 To Kill A Mockingbird (Rothman) Actors Lab Arizona 1985 True West (Shepard) Actors Lab Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ 1984 Cowboy Mouth (Shepard) S.U.M. Theatre, Auburn, NY 1983 The Unseen Hand (Shepard) Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse 1983 Love From A Stranger (Vosper) Bristol Valley Playhouse, NY 1980 * Denotes Premiere or Developmental Production B. Film/TV: Writer, “Special Order,” Northern Automotive Corp., Production Masters Inc. 1990 Director, “Safemove,” “Equipment Recovery,” & “New Dealer” U-Haul International Inc., Video in Phoenix 1989 Producer, “Moving Made Easier-Packing & Loading,” U-Haul International Inc., Video in Phoenix 1988 Writer/Producer, “The Paper Shuffle,” McDonnell-Douglass Company, Telemation Productions 1988 Producer/Writer/Director, “Exporting & You,” Arizona District Export Council, Telemation Productions 1988 Producer/Writer, “401K Employee Benefits Plan,” Checker Auto, Telemation Productions 1988 Director, Home America Commercials, The Cowan Agency, Telemation Productions 1988 Director, Ford Commercials, Pioneer Ford 1987-1989 Producer/Writer, “60 Minutes & Counting,” Regional Public Transportation Authority, Telemation Prod. 1987 Producer/Writer/Director, “MGI Phx. Wafer Transfer Systems,” MicroGlass Inc., Telemation Productions 1987 Producer/Writer, “MATCH Interview Guide,” Ramada Hotels, Telemation Productions 1987 C. Academic: The Black & White Minstrel Show* (Woods) Arizona State University Prism Theatre, Tempe, AZ (2005) Stolen Children* (Benedyk) Arizona State University Lyceum Theatre, Tempe, AZ (2005) Games People Play* (Manuel) Arizona State University Prism Theatre, Tempe, AZ (2004) Crazy Days of Summer* (Warren) Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ (2004) Here is Monster (Brock) Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ 2002 Blood Relations (Pollock) Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ 1999, 2000 The Promise (Rivera) Mesa Community College, Mesa, AZ 1998 Bouyant Billions (Shaw) Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1995 Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare) Phoenix College, Phoenix AZ 1994 Wyima: Prologue* (Leon Fred) Co-director w/ Lee Breuer, Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1994 The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers (Metcalfe) Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1993 Les Belles Soeurs (Tremblay) Phoenix College, Phoenix,AZ 1992 Riders to the Sea (Synge) Scottsdale Community College 1992 Baylin’s Monster *(Grady) Phoenix College 1991 The Absent Voice* (DeLeon) Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1991 The Mystery of Irma Vep (Ludlam) University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 1991 La Ronde (Schnitzler) Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1991 Mad Dog Blues (Shepard) Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ 1990 Icarus’s Mother, (Shepard) Scottsdale Conservatory Theatre 1988 Getting Out (Norman) Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY 1983 Suicide in B Flat (Shepard) Cayuga Community College 1983 The Brothers Menaechmus (Plautus) Cayuga Community College 1982 Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Shepard) University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1984 A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking, (Noonan) University of Arizona 1982 Come and Go (Beckett) University of Arizona 1981 Trouble in the Works (Pinter) University of Arizona 1981 Killers Head (Shepard) University of Arizona 1981 V. Acting Experience: A. Stage (Selected Roles) Rex A Marriage Minuet Director: Gerard Maguire Canyon Moon Theatre Brock The Secret Order Director: Matthew Wiener Actors Theatre of Phoenix T. Stedman Harder Moon For The Misbegotten Dir. Samantha Wyer Arizona Theatre Company Frank Lloyd Wright Work Song* Director: Eric Simonson Arizona Theatre Company Benjamin Cardozo Marrano Justice* Director: Mary Guaraldi Canyon Moon Theatre Reynaldo Parted Waters* Director: Dan Schay Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. Sigmund The Archbishop’s Ceiling Dir: Matthew Wiener Actors Theatre of Phoenix Kissinger Nixon’s Nixon Director: Jere Hodgin Mill Mountain Theatre Judge Brack Hedda Gabler Director: Matthew Wiener Actors Theatre of Phoenix Kissinger Nixon’s Nixon Director: Andrew Traister Actors Theatre of Phoenix Orson Welles The Wrath of Kali * Director: Lee Breuer Theatre For the New City David White Picket Fence* Director: Andrew Traister Actors Theatre of Phoenix Ely/Fluellen Henry V Director: Matthew Wiener Actors Theatre of Phoenix Weiskopf Ghetto Director: Michael Mitchell Phoenix Theatre Tybalt Love Scenes of R&J* Director: Ruth Malaczech Mabou Mines West Narrator Animal Magnetism * Director: Terry O’Reilly Mabou Mines West M Play Director: Lee Breuer Arizona Theatre Conference Ira Laughter on the 23rd Floor Dir.: Claude File Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. Nick Figs and Red Wine * Director: Walter Schoen Arizona Theatre Company Ensemble Word of Mouth Director: Penny Metropolis Actors Theatre of Phoenix Ned Weeks The Normal Heart Director: Michael Barnard Kerr Cultural Center Larry Murder Among Friends Dir: David Gardner Le Theatre Ed You Can’t Take It With You Dir: Jack Manning University of Arizona Nick Slater The Sunlight Dialogues Dir.: John Bielenberg University of Arizona Lord As You Like It Director: Gary Gisselman Arizona Theatre Company Carlos The Lost City Director: Michael Maines Gaslight Theatre Moon The Real Inspector Hound Dir.: Ed Sayles Marry Go Round Theatre Pierre War and Peace Director: Maria Piscator SUNY @ Stony Brook Peacock Swanwhite Director: Bill Breuhl SUNY @ Stony Brook Lopakhin The Cherry Orchard Director: Dan Labeille Auburn Community College Scapin Scapin Director: Dan Labeille Auburn Community College B. Film/Television/Radio: Orderly “Robin Cook’s Invasion” NBC Arizona Productions Zach Barnes “Stranger in My Home” CBS Erika Films Dr. Savitz “Whiplash” Feature Matanzas Pictures Cook “Jerome” Feature Jet Films, Inc. Polygraph op “My Son Is Innocent” ABC Arizona Productions Prosecuter “No One Would Tell” NBC Conspiracy Films Marcus Reuben “A Stranger To Love” CBS Back Home Productions Matty Sharp “Dead Beat” Feature Phony Productions Det. Joseph “Suture” Feature Daily Planet Prod. Baggage Man “Four Eyes” TNT Sherrick Productions Prosecutor “The Vagrant” Feature Brooksfilms Ltd. Deputy Blair “The Highwayman” NBC NuWest Productions Bernardo “The Coronation” CBN Madison Pacific Inc. Principal “The Joke Off” Playboy Channel Prod. Principal U-Haul International Video in Phoenix Principal Northern Automotive Telemation Productions Principal Ramada Hotels Telemation Productions Principal ARCO AM/PM Bennett Productions Sample Client List as Voice Talent: GTE/AT&T Union Electric Allied-Signal Inc. Tom Hopkins International Whataburger (National) Toyota Dealers-Regional Rusty Warren: The Lady Willis & Caroon Long Island Lighting Company Ford Motor Co. Arizona Lottery Western International University Arizona Supreme Court VI.
SAG Awards Television Nominating Committee, 2013 SAG-AFTRA, Arizona, Co-President, 2012-2013 Screen Actors Guild, Arizona, President 2009-2012 Board Member at Large, Actors Theatre of Phoenix 2005-2008 Screen Actors Guild, Arizona, Vice President Northern Arizona 2004-2009 Screen Actors Guild, Arizona, Board Member-At-Large 1997-2004 Screen Actors Guild, Arizona, Membership Committee 1997 Actors Equity Association, Phoenix/Tucson Area Liaison Committee 1993-1998, 2000-2005 University of Arizona Theatre Arts Advisory Board Associate Member 1995-97 University of Arizona Theatre Arts Advisory Board Member 1993-1995 Chair, Arizona College Theatre Festival 1992-1994 Coordinator, Circuit 4, Region VIII American College Theatre Festival 1992-1994 Planning Committee, Arizona Commission on the Arts, 1992-1993 VII.
2001: ariZoni nomination, Best Actor, The Archbishop’s Ceiling, Actors Theatre of Phoenix ariZoni nomination, Co-producer, How I Came To Be Buffalo Bill, Playwright’s Theatre 2000: Blood Relations, Region VIII American College Theatre Festival Finalist 1999: “Maxi” Nomination, Mesa Tribune, Best Actor, Nixon’s Nixon, Actors Theatre of Phoenix 1995: ariZoni Award, One Man’s Dance, Best Professional Production of a New Play 1994: Certificate of Invitation, Festival of Scenes, The Incredibly Famous Willy Rivers, American College Theatre Festival Region VIII 1993: Recipient, Maricopa Community College Foundation Vibrant Arts Grant, WYIMA: The Prologue 1992: Certificate of Invitation, The Absent Voice, American College Theatre Festival Region VIII 1991: Recipient, Maricopa Community College Foundation Vibrant Arts Grant, The Cherry Orchard Zony Nomination for Baylin’s Monster, Best Educational Production, Phoenix College Zony Nomination for Cantorial, Best Director, Arizona Jewish Theatre Co. 1990: Biographee, Marquis, Who’s Who in American Entertainment Recipient, Arizona Commission on the Arts Professional Development Grant 1988: EMMY (Rocky Mountain), Associate Producer, “Breaking away the Rideshare Way” 1987: Merit Award, International Television Association Chapter 44, MCI Wafer Transfer System, Producer/Writer 1984: Haldeman Acting Scholarship, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1983: Certificate of Invitation, Cowboy Mouth, New York State Theatre Festival 1982: Miller Directing Fellow, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 1980: Honors Degree from SUNY @ Stony Brook—Honors Studies in Comparative Literature 1978: Biographee, Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges