In 1968-69 Mark Hall Amitin was General Manager for the Radical Theatre Repertory and touring manager for The Living Theatre. From 1971 through 1976 he was the founding Director of Universal Movement Theatre which represented several dozen experimental theatre companies in the US and Europe. The organization kept a community of theatre artists in touch, touring worldwide, setting up and working with numerous international festivals and arranged for thousands of performances, workshops and lectures at colleges, conferences and festivals. Among the companies represented were: THE LIVING THEATRE, OPEN THEATRE, EL TEATRO CAMPESINO, THE PERFORMANCE GROUP, THE BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER, THE SAN FRANCISCO MIME TROUPE, THE RIDICULOUS THEATRICAL COMPANY, & THE MABOU MINES among others.
Amitin’s work has been mentioned in such books as: Brockett’s History of the Theatre (Vol. 2), Sainer’s Radical Theatre Notebook, Malpede’s People’s Theatre in Amerika, Neff’s Living Theatre USA, Tytell’s The Living Theatre, Sugarman’s biography of Jim Morrison, No One Here Gets Out Alive, and Squat Theatre by Buchmuller and Koos.
Since 1971 he has presented lectures and workshops on theatre, directing & acting at nearly 200 colleges and universities worldwide including drama institutes in Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Paris, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Berlin as well as at such schools as: Yale, Brown, Columbia, New York University, Oberlin, Bennington, Amherst, Cal Arts, Swarthmore, Smith, Carnegie Mellon, Brigham Young, Notre Dame, Villanova, Wesleyan, Wellesley, CUNY, the Universities of California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, the State Universities of New York, Florida, Illinois, New Mexico, Iowa, Michigan, and Virginia among many others. For over a decade he was a judge and adjudicator for the American College Theatre Festival at several of their regional conferences and at the Kennedy Center.
Amitin’s educational background includes study at Emerson College in Boston, The American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, CT, Bennington College and he received a D.E.A. (Diploma of Profound Studies – the equivalent of a M.A,) and his Doctorat (Ph.D.) with honors from the Universite Paris VIII in France. He has been a member of Actors’ Equity, Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA and has appeared in several films (directors: Steve Buscemi, Peter Lilienthal, Chantal Ackermann, Alex Rockwell and others), on television shows as well as on stage. He has taught acting, directing, auditioning, and theatre in France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Germany, Gaza, Israel, China and Russia, at the New School for Social Research, Drew University, State University of New York, Stony Brook and privately.
Since 1983, Mark has been the executive director of World of Culture for Performing Arts, Inc. representing over 40 actors, directors, writers and designers including winners of Tony, Emmy and Obie awards; negotiating hundreds of contracts for film, TV and theatre; numerous Broadway shows, Lincoln Center, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, ART, films of Woody Allen, Martin Scorcese, Francis Coppola, Paul Mazursky, Jim Jarmusch, Roland Jaffe among many others as well as setting up international theatre tours and exchanges. Among the artists represented: Steve Buscemi, Spalding Gray, Ron Vawter, Julian Beck, Judith Malina, Joseph Chaikin, Lee Breuer, Vincent Gallo, Wilson Heredia, Peter Facinelli, Kathy Kinney, David Cale, Paul Zaloom and others.
During 1995 he was guest professor of theatre at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, Seminar Hakibbutzim in Tel Aviv, & Tel Aviv University as well as presenting a series of lectures for the American Cultural Center and the United States Embassy. In addition he worked with two groups of Palestinian actors (1995-98); conducting a series of training workshops at the Palestinian National Theatre (Al Hakawati) in Jerusalem and the creation of a play, The Dispossessed in Gaza with Ashterot for Culture and Arts.
He has also produced dozens of theatrical productions and tours for such artists as Edward Albee, Judith Malina, Spalding Gray, Lee Breuer, The Living Theatre, The Open Theatre and Mabou Mines. He co-authored and appeared in the documentary Signals Through the Flames, and is presently completing a book, Visions for a Changing Theatre, an overview of the experimental theatre.
Dr. Amitin has also written as theatre and film critic for Hamptons Magazine, Chelsea-Clinton News, The Westsider, Our Town, and as a contributor to numerous other publications including The Village Voice, Performing Arts Journal, Travail Theatral, Win Magazine and Black Book for which he also served as Arts and Culture Editor. He has contributed chapters to the books: Famous Women in the American Theatre (Greenwood Press) and Conversations on Performance and Theatre (Johns Hopkins).
He has been included in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from 1999 through 2013. His archives are housed in the Shields Library, University of California- Davis and in New York University’s Bobst Library. In September 2005 Amitin served as the Jury President for the Cairo International Festival of Experimental Theatre coordinating the judges from 11 nations and awarding prizes amongst the 30 companies from as many countries. In the Fall 2007 he created a new environmental production of Peer Gynt for the graduating class of the Shanghai Theatre Academy in China. During 2011 Amitin presented two days of master classes for the National Theatre Institute Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center.
During Spring 2012 he was casting director for the premiere production of Obama44 presented as part of the 50th anniversary season at La MaMa ETC in New York. Filmmaker Gigi Rocatti has begun the shooting of a documentary on Mark Amitin’s work and life.
Amitin has served for many years on the Board of Directors for The Living Theatre and presently is on the board of advisors of the Vermont Shakespeare Company and The Voyage Theatre.
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