Mark Charney, Ph.D.
Office: Maedgen Theatre 161B
Mark Charney served as Director of Theatre for the Department of Performing Arts at Clemson University for many years before retiring as a Professor Emeritus and accepting the role of Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. A past Chair for Region IV, a past member of the National Selection Team, and presently National Coordinator of Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy/Dramaturgy for KCACTF, Mark just finished an 18-year job as Associate Director of the National Critics Institute for the O'Neill Theatre Center. He is also on the National Board of NAST (the National Association of Schools of Theatre and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Southeast Asia.
His play, The Power Behind the Palette, won the David Mark Cohen Award and received a stage reading at ATHE in Los Angeles. His The Balloon Handler Makes Good was performed at the New Plays Festival in California, the ATHE development process at ATHE in Washington, DC, at the Ten for Tenn Festival and the Warner International Festival in 2012. Clayton Tells a Fib, was performed in Tennessee and California, and his most recent, Pogrom in Pelzer, travelled around the country with a series of short plays in 2014. His 61-page chapter on "The Entertainment Marketplace from 2000-2014" was published in Screenwriting by Rutgers Press August of 2014. His new version of Antigone, Dangling Modifiers, premiered at the New Works Festival summer of 2016, and his play Shooting Blanks was featured at the Prague Fringe Festival in June of 2016. Dr. Charney was invited to be a critical respondent to the IASAS Festival in Kuala Lumpur and will be heading to Singapore this year for the same job.
Mark was an invited guest to the Actors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Los Angeles, where he received an award for his work in criticism and dramaturgy nationwide (and made an honorary inductee), and will be traveling to Singapore this March where he will be a guest critic and workshop leader for the Southeastern Asian International Theatre Festival. His Incline/Decline was performed in Austin during the fall of 2014, and was made Playwright-in-Residence at Two Beards Theatre in Austin, Texas soon thereafter.
Recent awards and accolades include: the Williams Kerns Award for Achievement in Performing Arts; induction into the Actors Hall of Fame; two gold medallions from the Kennedy Center; 15 Awards for Faculty Excellence from the Clemson University Board of Trustees; Seven Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center for Directing; Winner of the David Mark Cohen Award for Playwriting; Phil and Mary Bradley Award for Mentoring in Creative Inquiry; and The Thomas Green Clemson Award for Excellence.
Charney's new goals are international. He recently partnered the School of Theatre and Dance with both the Performing Arts Program in Hong Kong and Bilkent University, the “Yale” of Turkey. He hopes to join the International Theatre Institute and partner with schools in Romania for the prestigious Erasmus program. His collaborative play, Public Domain: A Play with Footnotes, premiered at the Second International Festival in Sharjah, and his play, written with Cory Norman, Empty Roads with Cars, premiered at the Bilkent University Theatre Festival in Turkey this past July.
Mark Charney came to Lubbock in 2012, immediately setting goals for the School of
Theatre and Dance to rise to new levels of academic success by arranging for students
to attend the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown and creating experiential
education programs such as WildWind Performance Lab and the Marfa Intensives. Working
with fellow faculty members and students, Dr. Charney has cultivated community outreach
programs, a theatre program for autistic students through the Burkhart Center known
as the BurkTech Players, and helped the department become the TTU School of Theatre
& Dance for the 2015-2016 school year. Last year, he led the first full found space
season, taking plays all over the community. He is proud of our new recently-hired
Head of MFA Playwriting, Pulitzer-Prize nominated Rebecca Gilman, and our new Distinguished
Visiting Professor, Pulitzer-Prize winner Doug Wright.
BA – Clemson University
MA – the University of New Orleans
PhD – Tulane University