up to now

Mark’s theatrical career spans over thirty years. His passion for theatre began during his undergraduate studies at The University of Louisville and continues to this day. He has performed at The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan prior to moving to NYC to pursue his career. While in New York; he was involved with Earl Wilson Jr. and Phil Oesterman’s hit Off-Broadway musical, Let My People Come; worked with Albert Poland on The Charles Pierce Show starring Mr. Charles Pierce; and worked on The Incredible World of Magic and Illusion with Richiardi Jr., and a host of other master magicians all at the famed Village Gate Theatre in Greenwich Village. He also worked on shows with Christopher and Amanda Plummer at Town Hall and other productions at The Cherry Lane and The Roundabout Theatre. In addition to this, he performed in productions at both Off and Off – Off Broadway venues as well as producing and directing cabaret shows at The Top of the Gate.

Besides working and performing in New York and Michigan, he has also been in various musicals, comedies and dramas in Kentucky, Florida and Ohio. In world premieres his has originated the roles of:

  • Winston Lambert in Traveling by Kenneth Talberth (September 2017)
  • Moxie Hart in Tropical Heat by Rich Orloff
  • Rudy in When Mastodons Roamed Ohio by Johnrick Hole
  • Bill Carlson in How I Stepped Out as a Transvestite from Blunderland by Rufus Cadigan
  • Matt in The Present Moment by Cory Skurdal
  • Sir Thomas Walsingham in The Shakespeare Conspiracy by Ted Bacino and Rufus Cadigan
  • Seth and the Justice of the Peace in I'll Take Romance by Edwin Sanchez
  • Major Vadim White Russian by Michael S. Parsons
  • Morton Silkline in the movie The Funeral and Henry Krueger in the movie Oni both directed by Christopher Dukes.

Mark has studied acting, voice, and movement both privately and at University. His training has been influenced by Uta Hagen’s teachings and the Stanislavski technique. He received his B.A. in Theatre for The Ohio State University. Mark is also an award winning playwright. As a writer, Mark has written full length and short stage plays (The award winning The Story of Boo and Beep, The Undergraduate, the award winning Pandora’s Jar and 110 Columbia Heights).  While in the corporate world, Mark has also had a career in the information technology, marketing and business development fields with Bank One/Chase, SunTrust Corp. and Metavante Corp.

In 2011 Mark reorganized and established Evolution Theatre Inc. DBA Evolution Theatre Company. Since 2011 Mark has been the Managing Artistic Director of the company.  In 2015 Mark re-identified Evolution Theatre Company as Columbus Ohio's only  LGBTQQIA theatre company.  Evolution Theatre Company, a QUEER Theatre,  provides a supportive encouraging environment for celebrating the artistic vision of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and ally (LGBTQQIA) individuals, advancing the understanding of gender issues, and fostering the expression of creative performance arts by and about the LGBTQQIA community.  Evolution Theatre Company presents plays and musical that the LGBTQQIA community can identify with. Works that celebrate and verify the community, it’s present, past and future.  Works that bring dignity to and tolerance and acceptance for the community not only in Columbus but in the country and the world.  We seek to draw audience members into their own experience of theatre one that will be entertaining, educational and rewarding.  Through the works produced, we will challenge the audience to consider different points of view and alternative values to increase social conscious and compassion.  

actor / performer/director/playwright

Mark Phillips Schwamberger