New FoTA Board Member, Mark Hauck, brings incredible wealth of theater experience to St. Louis Park!
In January, FoTA welcomed new board member, Mark Hauck, a freelance theater director and designer, owner of COTY- award-winning design studio division of Bluestem Construction, former Hopkins High School Theater Director, and the Founder and Executive Producing Director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona.
As a lifelong professional theater artist and arts educator, Mark's goal is to find meaningful connections between the work of professional artists and the communities they serve. After teaching students in Hopkins for five years, Mark came to appreciate the difficult role of theater educators. He became interested in bridging the divide between educational, community and professional theater. This interest led him to create the Public Theater of MN which has its home in St. Louis Park.
This community-based theater company is committed to making theater where people live and combines community, educational and professional aspects so everyone can get involved. The organization has a professional stage company performing classics and new plays, a community company for anyone interested in taking part in theater, and a new artist company for emerging young artists to have a voice and take a risk.
"In my diverse career, I have been struck by how professional theater companies do not often work with or talk enough to theater educators or community theaters. Each works in its own world separated from each other which seems to be the antitheses of what theater is all about," said Mark. "I wanted to create a place where we could all come together as theater professionals and support each other's work, create community and learn together," he added.
Recently, the Public Theater of MN received a 2012 St. Louis Park Arts and Culture grant to present, Live in Wolfe Park, a series of FREE weekend performances in July of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The Arts & Culture Grant Program administered in partnership with FoTA, highlights our community's commitment to promoting and integrating arts, culture, and aesthetics in all city initiatives.
"St. Louis Park was a natural fit for our company," said Mark. "When we looked for a hometown, we wanted a place where there were a lot of theater goers and support for theater but not as many theater opportunities. I am delighted to be a part of the rich theater community that supports Maggie's Farm and The Park Theater Company and look forward to some wonderful collaborative efforts," he emphasized.
In his spare time, Mark is raising money to support the Public Theater of MN's infrastructure (equipment costs for the summer series are $10,000 alone!), directing shows at other venues and pursuing ongoing research which examines the role of the arts in youth development and adult well-being, focusing on the biological/neurological roots of art-making activity.
To learn more about Mark and The Public Theater of MN, please visit www.ptmn.org.
Bring your favorite blanket or lawn chair and make yourself comfortable while you enjoy a picnic in the park before each performance of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Performances run, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, July 6 - 22, 8PM. -10PM.