Playwright, composer and lyricist Mark Friedman fell in love with musicals at an early age, singing and dancing to the likes of White Christmas, Singin' in the Rain and The Music Man – prompting him to build his own theatre in the basement of his home, complete with sound and lighting grid, performing for family, and friends around the neighborhood. Growing up in the Midwest, Mark earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of the Arts, and has enjoyed a versatile career as a
successful writer, actor, director, educator and studio producer.
With songs and recordings published worldwide, Mark has scripted events for conventions, taught high school acting classes, given master classes in drama and playwriting at the collegiate level, and is a sought-after speaker at theatre and educational seminars around the country. Assuming a leadership role early in his career, he was founder of the first free Shakespeare Festival in Cincinnati and the enduring ArtReach Touring Theatre. He co-created a unique lunch-theatre for young people and families called Peanut Butter Theatre, where he produced, directed, created scripts, acted in, and even helped paint the sets for four sold-out performances every weekend. Mark has acted and toured in professional and regional theatre in productions of Godspell, Guys and Dolls, The Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Day in Hollywood a Night in the Ukraine and many others.
With collaborator Janet Yates Vogt, Mark has composed book, music, and lyrics for musicals professionally licensed by both Concord Theatricals and Theatrical Rights Worldwide which have played across the country and internationally - most notably Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, How I Became A Pirate, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel, Alice in Wonderland, and Snow White and The Prince – the latter two having been recently translated into Italian. Their newest work is a musical based on the life of infamous lawyer turned bootlegger George Remus.
Mark is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild, has been a contributor to The Dramatist Magazine, and is represented by the Paradigm Artist Agency in New York City. Grateful for his theatrical successes, Mark still considers his best productions to be his children, both graduates of New York University and living and working in NYC: Emily, who is active in film, television and entertainment promotion, and Chris, who is a post-production audio technician and engineer.
Janet Yates Vogt, Mark Friedman
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