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Mark Fleischer - Artistic Director

Mark Fleischer was appointed as Adirondack Theatre Festival’s first producing artistic director in July of 2007. Metroland named Mark the “Best Theatre Company Artistic Director” in its 2009 Best of the Capital District issue. In addition he was selected as one of the “20 under 40″ by the Post-Star. Mark is charged with charting the theatre’s artistic vision and overseeing administrative operations. At ATF Mark directed NEXT TO NORMAL (2012), SHOOTING STAR by Steven Dietz (2011) the world premiere of Hal Corley’s BRUSH THE SUMMER BY (2010), ORDINARY DAYS by Adam Gwon (2009) and the reading of the new musical LOVING LEO by Sara Cooper and Zach Redler as well as Hal Corley’s THE BAILEY’S CROSSROADS OPPORTUNITY SCHOOL.

Prior to ATF Mark served as the managing artistic director of Plano Repertory Theatre in suburban Dallas, Texas. During his nine year tenure, the company moved from all volunteers to a professional theatre operating under an AEA SPT contract. Under Mark’s leadership, PRT emerged as one of the leading theatre companies in the Dallas area with a subscription base of nearly 4,000 subscribers. At PRT Mark produced over 50 productions and his directing credits include new plays, classics, musicals and contemporary dramas.  Some of his favorite directing projects at PRT include: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, and THE TEMPESTrevivals of ALL MY SONS, NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, TALLEY’S FOLLY, and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, and the musicals SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, MY FAVORITE YEAR, A CHORUS LINE, THE GOOD BYE GIRL, and PASSION.

Outside of ATF some of his recent directing credits include Tracy Lett’s SUPERIOR DONUTS at Capital Repertory Theatre,  the regional premieres of BASH by Neil LaBute, BLACKBIRD by David Horrower and MY FIRST TIME by Ken Davenport all at WaterTower Theatre in Addison, TX as well as Alex Lewin’s WATER STREET as part of the Bailiwick Directors’ Fest and Stephen Cone’s WE CAME HERE BECAUSE IT WAS BEAUTIFUL and William Nedved’s KID as part of Collaboraction’s Sketchbook in Chicago. He is also the director of Mills Entertainment’s international tour of CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG LIVE!

Outside of ATF he is a member of the Glens Falls Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Trustees for for The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Glens Falls Collaborative and Temple Beth El where he launched the annual Latke Fest.

Mark holds a BA in English Literature and Communication Arts from Austin College and an MFA in Directing from the Theatre School at DePaul University, formerly The Goodman School of Drama.