(Book Writer, Falling for Make Believe
, Clutter The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out
) began his career in NY with Jim Henson writing for the Muppets. His Sesame Street sketches and songs (including "Caribbean Amphibian"
earned him seven Emmy Awards. But behind Kermit's back, Mark was
writing cabaret shows and musicals that played at The Ballroom, Soho
Rep, 13th Street Theatre, and the Village Gate, where he co-wrote the
long-running revue, A, My Name is Alice.
For network television, Mark wrote Mrs. Santa Claus,
the holiday musical starring Angela Lansbury with songs by Jerry Herman.
For the movies, he wrote the children’s classic The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
His TV movie, The Red Sneakers
, directed by and starring Gregory Hines, was nominated for a Writers Guild Award. His stage musical The Tin Pan Alley Rag
premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse and played many U.S. theaters,
including the Roundabout in NY, where it was nominated for a NY Outer
Circle Critics Award.
Other TV: Reading Rainbow, Johnny and the Sprites, Third Man Out.
Theater: Romeo and Bernadette
(Paper Mill Playhouse), Mr. Shaw Goes to Hollywood
(Laguna Playhouse) Rocket City
(Alabama Shakespeare Festival) and a Colony Theatre premiere, Clutter: The True Story of the Collyer Brothers Who Never Threw Anything Out.
Mark makes his home in Studio City with his partner, Ron Gutierrez and their dog, a chow named Leo. More at MSaltzman.com