Artist Bio

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ARTIST/PRODUCER BIO

Mark Hellman (AFM, CAEA, ACTRA)
https://markhellman.ca/bio/overview1981-2017/

Mark’s career as a multidisciplinary performer, producer, educator, and facilitator spans 35 years. He has lived and worked in Victoria (Belfry Theatre, Story Theatre Co, Theatre SKAM, Other Guys Theatre Co., Kaleidoscope Theatre), Montreal (Centaur Theatre, Ass’n of Producing Artists, Geordie Productions), Winnipeg (Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Manitoba Theatre for Young People) and Armstrong, BC (Caravan Farm Theatre, Runaway Moon), and he has toured to countless communities across Canada–coast to coast, north of 60–and the eastern US (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Smithsonian, Wolf Trap, Orlando Children’s Theater), while also producing and creating inter-disciplinary performances (Wayfarer’s Reach, World’s Smallest Shakespeare Co., Quinn Harley’s Dream Factory), and occasionally fitting in time for film/tv and voiceover (White Fang, Pager Bag Princess, Samurais Pizza Cats). Currently in development: a solo performance of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST.

Mark has facilitated thousands of workshops across the country, specialising in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural dialogue, and working with all ages and levels of experience. Highlights in applied arts (education, community development) include: creating/directing the Victoria High School Neighbourhood Choir (2007-12); directing/producing Circles in the Stream: Restorative Justice & Youth Empowerment (2006-2009), and director of writing development for Travois: The St. Norbert Community Play (St. Norbert, MB, 1994-95). Currently he is conducting long term school-based residencies in outlying areas of BC, through the BC Arts Council funded program, ArtStarts.

REVIEW EXCERPTS (Past Productions)

GOOD TIMBER: Songs and Stories of the Western Logger
Other Guys Theatre Co., 2010 – 14 (
Royal BC Museum, Washington State, Nanaimo, Campbell River, Courtney, Powell River, Chilliwack, Vernon, Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver)

Jerry Wasserman, Vancouver Province
….Imagine a really great Vancouver Folk Festival set with remarkable projection footage and you’ll have some idea of the Good Timber experience. Among my favourites are a couple of pieces by Mark Hellman who plays killer guitar and does a kind of talking blues in the style of early Dylan…

Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight
….a folksy musical entertainment, and its execution is often excellent….Mark Hellman is a particularly strong performer: an excellent guitarist and charmingly dynamic actor.

Chris Felling, Culture Vulture Victoria
…. Mark Hellman’s guitar – folk with bluesy accents and finishes – is virtuosic enough to carry the show itself and, when left alone onstage for “BC Hiball,” he gets to do just that….

TORTOISE BOY, a new play by Charles Tidler
Belfry Spark Festival 2005
(Victoria)

Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times-Colonist
….The language, sometimes gritty and profane, is unabashedly poetic…[Mark] Hellman has one unforgettable sequence when he forces his way through a narrow passageway in a cave. It was a powerful piece of physical acting in which he vividly captured his character’s claustrophobia and birth-like escape. Throughout the play, he drew us in with his intensity and his canny (and sometimes surprising) use of voice and body.