Mark Abram-Copenhaver

Faculty Profiles

Mark Abram-Copenhaver

Associate Professor
Department Chair
111-A Moreau Center for the Arts


"and let us, on your imaginary forces work"
- William Shakespeare

Theatre and theatre making is fun to do, and it is also much more than that. Theatre makers discover how to use their collaborative and communication skills in combination with their creativity to confront the blank canvas whether it be the empty page, the new role, or the project that no one else feels secure enough to tackle. Taking on complex projects in which we must invent the solutions is what theatre makers do everyday. That is why I love doing it and why I spend my life helping others to learn how to do it.


BA, Acting, Lycoming College
MFA, Directing, Illinois State University

Areas of Expertise 

  • Stage directing
  • Stage and theatre management
  • Stage combat instruction and choreography
  • Script analysis
  • Theatre audio and projected scenery

Research Interests 

  • Use of projection in live performance storytelling
  • Application of theatre making skills in non-theatrical situations

Courses Recently Taught 

  • THTR 475: Stage Directing
  • THTR 265: Play Analysis for the Theatre
  • THTR 135: Introduction to Theatre
  • THTR 430: Theatre Management

Professional Experience 

  • Artistic Director of the South Bend Civic Theatre
  • Co-Owner of Sweet-Arts Studio, Performing and Visual Arts School, Philadelphia
  • Equity Stage Manager of People's Light and Theatre Company, Philadelphia

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • 9 to 5 The Musical,  2018
  • Skylight,  2018
  • Extraordinary Women: A Musical Revue, 2018

Professional Memberships 

  • Actor's Equity Association