Mark E. Gruber

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Mark is currently an ensemble player, writer, and technical advisor for RTI. He is also the current theatre director for Westminster Presbyterian in Des Moines. Credits here include: To Kill a Mockingbird, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Snow Queen, Candide, Peer Gynt, Jeptha, Chekhov’s Swan Song, Moliere’s Tartuffe, and more recently Three Penny Opera, The Apple Tree and an original play with Hurley and Dancers called Poppy’s Dancing Puppets.

Mark writes and directs the comic Hoot N’ Howl series that has become an audience favorite at his church every October. Other area credits include The Nutcracker (as Drosselmeyer) with Iowa Dance Theater; Amahl and the Night Visitors at St. Paul’s Cathedral; and Lorenzo Sandoval’s productions of Age of Innocence (as Archer) and An Ideal Husband (as Robert) at Terrace Hill. While teaching, Mark’s directing and design credits included productions at El Centro College in Texas, Grandview University in Des Moines, and the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his MFA. He is a past company member of the Three Rivers Shakespeare (where he garnered critical acclaim as Feste in Twelfth Night). He writes and performs original theatre/dance pieces for and about the church. His work was recently featured at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy.

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