Mark J. Charney


Member, Board of Directors
Elected March 2015, term ends March 2018

Mark J. Charney is Chair of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. Prior to this appointment, he served as Director of Theatre for the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University for many years, before retiring as a Professor Emeritus. A past Chair for Region IV, a past member of the National Selection Team, and presently National Coordinator of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy/Dramaturgy for KCACTF, he 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 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 chapter on “The Entertainment Marketplace from 2000-2014” was published in Screenwriting by Rutgers Press in August 2014. His play, Incline/Decline, a participant in the Frontera Festival, recently closed in Austin.

Professor Charney was recently an invited guest at the Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles, where he was an honorary inductee for his work in criticism and dramaturgy nationwide. He recently returned from Indonesia, where he was a guest critic and workshop leader for the Southeastern Asian International Theatre Festival.

Professor Charney holds a Ph.D. from Tulane University, a Master of Arts from University of New Orleans, and a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University.
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Posted April 2015