Mark Charney

founding company member, advisor

…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 Chair 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 currently serves as Associate Director of the National Critics Institute for the O'Neill Theatre Center and will be working with the Artistic Director there each summer, Chris Jones from The Chicago Tribune. He is also on the National Board of NAST (the National Association of Schools of Theatre), the Board of Advisors for TETA, and Focus Group Representative for Playwrights and Creative Teams through 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 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 AntigoneDangling 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 Jakarta, and will be traveling to Dubai to head the first international playwriting festival this February.

Mark was recently 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 recently returned from Indonesia last Spring where he was 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.

Mark Charney came to Lubbock in 2012, immediately setting goals for the Department 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.