Mark received his BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor, and in 20012 received a lifetime achievement award from the Canada South Festival network for his 25 years in the entertainment industry . He has taught at the University of Windsor, Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts and St. Clair College.
Never one to stand still, once Mark learned to stilt walk he could be seen at major festivals and events throughout Ontario. He is the biggest (& tallest) fan of the Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires appearing at the Junior A hockey teams home games in the brand new WFCU Centre. Mark & Kyle have now set their sights on bringing fan favourite characters the Blues Guys and 9’ Elvis down to Memphis in 2010.
Notable stage roles include the title role in the world premiere of “Brebeuf’s Ghost” by Daniel David Moses, Lee in Sam Shepard’s “True West” for Breathe Art, Gandalf “The Hobbit” and Frank N. Furter The Rocky Horror Show” with Korda Productions, and in the prose play “Car Men – a play in D” at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Mark was a co-founder of Stooge! Productions in 1989 and in 2005 he started Canada South Performing Arts with the intent of creating original works and celebrating classics of the world stage. He produced and directed “Tooth of Crime” by Sam Shepard, “Zastrozzi, the Master of Discipline” by George F. Walker, and “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett as well as a number of edgy short works in music, theatre and dance. In 2007 he mounted a new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” and is currently writing a play about Ty Cobb and the 1907-09 Detroit Tigers.
Mark has worked extensively with choreographer Gina Lori Riley, including a major tour of Canada’s eastern arctic, in two feature films and in the development, production and touring of major dance theatre works. He has been featured in independent films by Otto Buj, Gavin Booth, and Chris McNamara and has appeared on the cult TV series “Ten Dollar Tales”. Mark also sings with contemporary jazz vocal group Spectrum. He is known as Dr. Dan D. Lion with Fools for Health’s therapeutic clown doctor program.
Mark produced two sculptures for the Car Tunes on Parade international exhibition in 2005, and in 2006 programmed entertainment for two official Superbowl XL events. He has created over a dozen visual art pieces in various media, and a solo photo exhibition called “My Tiger Stadium”. He was curator for a number of group exhibitions, including for an Organization of American States conference, and throughout the 5km Riverwalk which celebrated the opening of Windsor’s public riverfront and received an award from Festivals and Events Ontario for community involvement.
He has been recognized for outstanding achievement in revitalizing Windsor’s city centre, and in 2002 with a Mayor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts. He is a past president of artist-run gallery Artcite Inc. and the Arts Council ~ Windsor & Region.
Mark is married to the very talented Susan Doucet and is proud parent of sons Jacques, Sylvan and Cavelle.