MARK STUVER
markstuver@mac.com
Writemarkdown.com


PROFILE
Kindling High Energy and New Perspectives for Film, TV, Theater and Dance 

  •    Trusted Director, Collaborator, and Team Player
  •    Archetypal Insight and Psychological Awareness + Soft Skills
  •    Interdisciplinarian and Liminal Explorer for Top-Level Productions
  •    Professional Dancer (20yrs.), Actor (13yrs.), Screenwriter (10yrs.), Puppeteer (6yrs.)


DIRECTORIAL EXPERIENCE

MOTIVF

2018  Life Saving Skills National Media Campaign - Director, Producer, and Writer of

          Graphics and Animations, specifically targeted to reach historically underserved communities


BANDALOOP
2016  Man Walking Down the Side of Building, Leopold Museum, Vienna

          Director of Trisha Brown's seminal vertical performance piece

2016  Out of Shadowland, Tokyo Disney Sea 
          Assistant Director to Amelia Rudolph in conjunction with Jim Vincent and Toru Shimazaki
2015  Intel ‘Legends and Luminaries Awards’ at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood
          Director of opening and main performances in large scale awards event
2012  Eastern Sierra Workshop 

          Director/Lead Instructor of safety and education teams in a wilderness setting

DINOSAUR ENCOUNTERS at THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES and LA BREA TAR PITS
2015  Director of marketing short ‘Lightsaber-toothed Cat’ that received 13,000 views in first 24hours
2013  Director of 'Dinosaur Pajamas,' a Comedia dell’arte inspired short play featuring ​T. rex
2012  Director of First Fridays shows with BANDALOOP and NHMLA Performing Artists

REMEMBER THIS
2006  Co-director of this Isadora Duncan award nominated and Bay Guardian top 10 evening of dance-theater


PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE
2017  NETFLIX

          Puppeteer and Comedic Improviser for the 'K is for Kids: Puppet Movie' internal video   


2000 - 2017  BANDALOOP
           2017  Historic Jeddah Festival, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, soloist

           2017  Africa's Cup of Nations Opening Ceremonies, Gabon

           2016  Tianmen Mountain residency in Hunan Province, China

           2015  and 2010 US EMBASSY sponsored performances in Shanghai, China and Delhi and Hyderabad, India
           2010  Orange County Performing Arts Center, soloist 

           2008  PBS GREAT PERFORMANCES, DANCE IN AMERICA, soloist
           2008  EUROPEAN CULTURAL CAPITAL, Stavangar, Norway
           2004  LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, Emmy award winning segment
           2004  AMERICA'S HEART AND SOUL, the feature film
           2003  KENNEDY CENTER, Crossings tour
           2002  EARTH SUMMIT, Soweto, South Africa

           2000  FACE OF AMERICA, Wolf Trap, soloist
           Interviews & appearances on CBS SUNDAY MORNING, 20/20, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, amongst others


2016  THE TALE OF HILLBELLY
          An innovative short by the award winning Encyclopedia Pictura, produced by WARP Films, starring Mark Stuver

2015  THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN
          Appearance as Tony Rexton with the cast of ‘Jurassic World’ and improvised closing segment with Reggie Watts

2011 - 2015  NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES and LA BREA TAR PITS
          Puppeteer of Hunter Rex, a life sized juvenile T. rex, and the animatronic head of Cali the Smilodon fatalis,
          Host of Ice Age Encounters and Bandaloop guest performer at First Fridays

2008 - 2009 JOE GOODE PERFORMANCE GROUP
          ‘Wonderboy’:  dancer, actor and puppeteer in this Joe Goode/Basil Twist collaboration with appearances at
          Bumbershoot in Seattle, UC Irvine, UC Riverside and Yerba Buena’s Mainstage in San Francisco


2009  THE FOOD CHAIN

          By Nicky Silver, role of Ford Dolor at the Raven Playhouse, Los Angeles 


2006  EQUUS

          ​By Peter Shaffer, role of The Horseman/Nugget at the Off-Market Theater, San Francisco


2006  REMEMBER THIS
          Evening length dance-theater duet at The Dublin Fringe, Middlebury College & Dancers Workshop, Jackson, WY 

                         

2005  JESS CURTIS/GRAVITY'S 'TOUCHED'  

          Experimental theater presented at Dock 11, Berlin and Yerba Buena Forum, San Francisco


2001  LISA RACE'S 'SOCIAL CLIMB'  

          Aggressively athletic dance-theater presented at The Duke on 42nd ST, NYC

WRITING EXPERIENCE
2018  RIDE - thriller about a girl on a ride-share gone terribly wrong, Official Selection Beverly Hills and Oaxaca Film Festivals
2017  DARK WOLF - an action fairytale with a new spin on werewolves
2016  NATURAL HISTORY - a workplace sitcom based on Mark's time at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
2015  THE ORBIT - an international workplace sitcom set in space on the lesser known ISS2
2014  SNAPSHOTS OF THE PAST – a Dinosaur Encounter written for NHMLA
2013  Rydell Essayist, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
2013  MANCHESTER - a Neo-Noir set in LA, page-one rewrite in preproduction
2013  MA Thesis: Rain Maker: How Imagination and Fantasy Create Pathways to Empathy and Healing
2012  THE BOARDWALK GUARDIANS - an unconventional super hero comic book set on Venice Beach
2011  RAIN MAKER - an original epic sci-fi screenplay, WGA registered
2011  Contributor to the ‘Society to Save Rocks Quarterly Newsletter, Jan-March 2011’ Hyderabad, India
2010  RUMOURS - an original movie musical with the songs of Fleetwood Mac
2009  MOBY DICK - a wholly original and faithful adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel
                                                     
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2016  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Master Class on improvisation and composition for Dance majors

2008  Stavanger, Norway, Workshops for Youth leading up to Bandaloop’s European Cultural Capital Performances
2006  Middlebury College, Visiting Faculty, Winter Term: Composition, Partnering, and Postmodern Technique
2004 - 2006  Destiny Arts, Youth Performers, Oakland, CA, Vertical Dance
2005  Dublin Fringe Festival: Teaching Performers Partnering
2003 - 2005  Dancer’s Workshop, Jackson, WY, Postmodern Technique 
2004  Dartmouth College, Vertical Dance, Bandaloop
2004  Macau, China, Youth Outreach, Bandaloop
2003  Swarthmore College, Postmdern Technique, Bandaloop
2002  Soweto, South Africa, Youth Outreach, Bandaloop
2002  SUNY Brockport, Postmodern Technique, Race Dance
2000  Wolftrap Performing Arts Center, Urban Youth Outreach, Bandaloop

                                                                                                                                                                                                

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2015  Upright Citizens Brigade, Long-form Improvisation and Storytelling

2013  Pacifica Graduate Institute      
          M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Traineeship Completed at Maple Counseling Center

2010  National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer

2006 - 2010 San Francisco’s Actor’s Studio, Studio ACT, Seydways Acting Studios, Saul Kotzebei 

          Fitzmaurice Technique, Sense-memory, Trigger technique, Stretch/Improvisation, Scene study, Voice work 

2006  San Francisco City College and The Berkeley Writing Salon, Screenwriting

2000 - 2001  San Francisco School for the Circus Arts, Hand-balancing and Acrobatics

1998  Middlebury College                                 
          B.A. High Honors, Major:  Theater-Dance, Minor:  Circumpolar Studies abroad in Tasmania and Scotland
1993  Rifle High School, Co-Valedictorian

AWARDS
2012  Sono Osato Scholarship recipient for MA in Psychology
2006  Merit Scholarship Recipient, San Francisco’s Actor’s Studio
2005  Isadora Duncan Nominee for Outstanding Ensemble and Company Performance
2005  Top Ten of The Year in Art-Theater-Dance, SF Bay Guardian
2003 - 2005  Artist-in-Residence, Dancer’s Workshop, Jackson, WY

1999  Merit Scholar for Performance, Bates Dance Festival
1998  Choreography Scholar, Colorado Dance Festival
1998  National College Dance Festival Gala, Kennedy Center
1995  International Merit Scholar, University of Tasmania
1993  Rifle High School Co-Valedictorian, Bausch and Lomb’s     
          Outstanding Student in Science, Xerox’s Outstanding 
          Student in the Humanities, Outstanding Male Track Athlete


VOLUNTEER

2014 - Now    Laketree Farm donations to Fallbrook Food Pantry, harvester
2013 - 2014   Surf Academy, surf coach to Santa Monica youth
2011 - 2012   Maple Counseling Center, Counseling Intern
2010              Star Paws, dog foster
2004 - 2010   Amazon Watch, performer and event support 


EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

2016 - Now  Motivf, Senior Creative Manager

2000 - 2017  BANDALOOP, Director, Lead Instructor, Collaborator, Performer, and Scout in diverse domestic and intl. settings
2011 - 2015  Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Performing Artist: puppeteer/director/writer/host
2012 - 2013  Fratricidal Films, Screenwriter for page-one rewrite of screenplay ‘MANCHESTER’
2010 - 2011  Andrew Beath, Screenwriter and concept development of original screenplay ‘RUMOURS’  
2008 - 2010  AMAZON WATCH, archivist, video capture, phone relations

REFERENCES AND WRITING SAMPLES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST​​

mark Stuver                          sag-aftra

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