Mark J. Charney


Member, Board of Directors
Reelected March 2018, term ends March 2021

Mark J. Charney is Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. Prior to this appointment, he served for many years as Director of Theatre in the Department of Performing Arts and Chair of English at Clemson University. Presently serving as National Coordinator of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy/Dramaturgy for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), Professor Charney has served as past Chair for Region IV and as a past member of the National Selection Team. Professor Charney also currently serves as Associate Director of the National Critics Institute for the O’Neill Theatre Center and Focus Group Leader for Playwrights and Creative Teams for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE).

His play, The Power Behind the Palette, won the David Mark Cohen Award and received a stage reading at ATHE in Los Angeles; his play, Incline/Decline, was presented at the Frontera Festival in Austin. Recently, his play Shooting Blanks was presented at the Prague Fringe Festival, and his interactive version of Antigone, Dangling Modifiers, was produced in Los Angeles. Professor Charney recently published a chapter on assessing creative activities based on his work as Executive Director of WildWind Performance Lab and the Marfa Intensives, both programs he created.

Professor Charney was an honorary inductee of the Actors Hall of Fame in Los Angeles for his work in criticism and dramaturgy. In 2017, he traveled to Kuala Lumpur where he served as the Artistic Director of the Southeastern Asian International Theatre Festival; in May, he will head to Ankara, Turkey to set up a co‑production with Bilkent University. Professor Charney has twice received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion of Honor for his work advancing theatre in colleges and universities around the United States.

He was first elected to the NAST Board of Directors in 2015.

Professor Charney holds a Doctor of Philosophy from Tulane University, a Master of Arts from the University of New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University.

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Updated April 2018