Dr. Mark Charney, Chair, Theatre & Dance
Mark J. Charney just finished a six-year stint as Director of Theatre at Clemson University where he headed the playwriting program. Recently named Professor Emeritus at Clemson, he now serves as Chair of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. His adaptation of The Decameron was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and his 37 Stones, or The Man Who Was A Quarry in DC, New York and SC. Mark is National Coordinator of the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy for the Kennedy Center, Coordinator of the Dramaturgy Initiative, and Associate Director of the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theatre Center. His play, The Power Behind the Palette, won the David Mark Cohen Playwriting award in 2010. After a reading at the New Works Festival in Santa Clarita, his short play The Balloon Handler Makes Good, was accepted to be one of eight plays developed at the 2012 ATHE Conference in Washington, DC and was performed at the Warner International Festival in July. He has published a book on author Barry Hannah and several articles on popular culture and film. Dr. Charney is a two-time recipient of the gold medallion of honor from the Kennedy Center.
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