MARK AKENS just directed his 3rd production of Nunsense at Center Stages in New York. 

Mark has been the Musical Director for the premier of DiMaggio and the reviews New York

Voices and Girls Behaving Badly


He received critical acclaim as Musical Director of My Way at The Virginia Musical Theater

and was recently the Musical Director of The Baker’s Wife at Westminster Choir College in

Princeton.

 

Prior to leaving Florida, Mark was Musical Director of Once Upon a Mattress, BAT BOY,

THE MUSICAL and the South Florida premier of When Pigs Fly at Broward Center. He

spent 3 years as adjunct faculty at University Of Miami, Frost School of Music where he

Music Directed BABY and was pit piano for TINTYPES.  He was Choirmaster for St. John’s

United Methodist Church for 6 years.


In Miami, Mark sang in BED, BOYS, AND BEYOND the revue Taking a chance On Love

and a solo concert The Music Of My life.  As the Artistic Director for the South Beach Men’s

Chorus, he directed SOUTH BEACH SHORE LEAVE and MOULIN SCROOGE.     


In San Diego he directed SOUTH PACIFIC, THE MUSIC MAN, BARNUM and HELLO

DOLLY!  Mark was conductor for THE WONDER YEARS, NIGHTCLUB CONFIDENTIAL,

and MAN OF LA MANCHA.


Mark started singing at 15 playing the lead in OLIVER!  Following were numerous musicals

including OKLAHOMA, GUYS AND DOLLS (Nicely, Nicely), BARNUM (Tom Thumb),

SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I, NO! NO! NANETTTE!, MY FAIR LADY, KISS ME

KATE, MAN OF LA MANCHA, THE MUSIC MAN, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING

TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, GREASE (Teen Angel), PIRATES OF PENZANCE and

H.M.S. PINAFORE (Ralph). 


Mark has sung in 2 Colorado All-State Choirs, Music Classique-San Diego, the Civic Chorale

of Greater Miami and the Master Choral of South Florida.  After touring with UP WITH

PEOPLE, Mark sang in night clubs & was featured in the Miss Colorado pageant. (not as a

contestant)


Mark was awarded the Chopin Piano Award.  He appears in Who’s Who in American

Universities & Colleges and Who’s Who in Music.


Currently Mark is a voice coach in New York City.

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