Mark works in engineering by day, but every free minute is spent devoted to the theatre community he loves. For the past 11 years, Mark has worked on all sides of the stage; as an actor, set designer/builder, lighting technician, as a current board member for Korda Artistic Productions and an active member of the Windsor Essex Theatre Alliance (WETA). He is beyond excited to be a part of ACWR and everything they do for the incredibly diverse and talented arts community in Windsor.
How long have you been a part of ACWR?
What made you want to get involved with ACWR?
I was approached, and decided I had enough relevant experience to help both continue and grow our mandate. Plus, I love helping!
Are you an artist? Can you tell us about your work?
I am not a visual artist, but an amateur performing artist. I have been involved with the theatre community in Windsor/Essex for 12 years and have played many roles within various companies; as an actor, carpenter/set builder, tech guy to name a few.
Do you have a favourite local artist, arts collective/organization, mural, art space, or creative project in the Windsor region?
I’m admittedly biased, as I sit on the board of this group. But I’m a huge fan of Korda Artistic Productions and the work that they do.
How has the pandemic changed the way you work?
Immensely. Performing arts is non existent, due to COVID. I’m lucky that it is a passion and passtime, but not my career. As such, my income has not been affected. But many who rely on arts income for their livelihoods are truly hurting.
What inspires you?
Passion. To see the innovation and positivity employed by artists and performers during difficult times is truly inspiring. People need to perform, to create, to engage. At all costs.
What do you want people to know about ACWR?
That we are more than just a collective of visual artists. We are writers, performers, visual artists, musicians etc. We understand the arts in Windsor, and want to do all we can to engage and build up our artistic community