Resume

 

MARK WACOME STEVICK

(contact info may be furnished upon request)

APPOINTMENTS

Professor of English / creative writing, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, 1998-present

Launched the creative writing program in the English department, the media studies track in the Communication Arts department, the creative writing component of the Gordon-in-Orvieto semester, the Princemere Writers Series at Gordon College, the Princemere Poetry Prize, and the Studies in British Theatre international seminar

Taught 30 courses (designed 15), including courses in writing, public speaking, oral interpretation, mass communication, theatre, and public story

Directed my scripts and toured throughout New England and the Eastern Seaboard with the Princemere Theatre Troupe and the Gordon Players

Named Junior Distinguished Faculty Member (2009) by students and faculty; voted Last Lecturer and senior breakfast speaker by several classes

 

Director of Production and Creative Writer, WEZE, Boston, 1994-1998

Wrote and produced radio spots for local and national clients (many award-winning) which aired on twelve Boston stations and nationally

Developed sales presentations and met with clients to create advertising campaigns and branding concepts

Hosted and produced “The Kids’ Club,” an award-winning children’s radio show, and co-created “Tonight!”—a Boston culture/variety show

 

Associate Director/Director of Development, History Alive!, Salem, MA, 1994-2002

Developed four new theatrical works, designed and wrote publicity, and co-coordinated all elements of subsequent productions

Assisted in auditioning and hiring of staff and actors, managed scheduling, box office, costume creation and maintenance

Secured grant from ENHC for History Alive! to costume and stage The Scarlet Letter at Pioneer Village, summers ’01-’04

 

Playwright/Performer of Cry Innocent: the People vs. Bridget Bishop, History Alive!, Salem, MA, 1992-1994

Wrote Cry Innocent, an interactive reenactment of the pre-trial examination of the first Salem witch trials victim

Performed in the production three times daily, June-October, and gave pre- and post-show talks

Interacted with Salem visitors as unofficial Salem guide, and gave witch trial, Hawthorne, Great Age of Sail, and White murder walking tours

 

Grant Writer and Assistant to the Business Director, Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester, MA, 1989-1992

Obtained grants (Schubert Foundation, Gillette Corporation, Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, MCC); produced brochures, programs and publicity

 

PUBLICATIONS AND SELECTED PRODUCTION HISTORY

Plays: wrote 15 scripts, including The Onion Wars (in progress, recipient of a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council)

  • Cry Innocent: the People vs. Bridget Bishop • History Alive, Old Town Hall (1992-present), Essex County Court House, Drury High School, Bradford Christian Academy, SoulFest at Gunstock Mountain, Newfield High School, Theatre North, Salem High School, Georgetown High School, UNH Cloak & Dagger Society, Travel Channel, A&E, TLC • “Educational and beautifully performed…” (New York Times)
  • Goodnight, Captain White • Heard House, Jeremiah Lee Mansion, Hawthorne Hotel, Old Town Hall, Rockafellas Restaurant, Griffen Theatre, Phillips Library (Crowninshield family reunion), Salem Time Travel Days, Old Town Hall, Giordano’s Dinner Theatre, St. Peter’s Church, Lyceum Bar & Grill, Gordon College Arts Symposium, Lyceum Lecture Series • “A hysterical whodunit…dashedly clever script with dialogue like a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta…” (Salem News)
  • The Scarlet Letter (adapted with Peter Stine) • History Alive at Pioneer Village, summers 2001-2004 (ENHC grant), Gordon Players at Pioneer Village, 1990, History Alive at Pioneer Village, 1993-1994, script used by Cronkite/Ward for “Great Books: The Scarlet Letter” (Discovery)
  • The Darkest Hour: Prison Thoughts of Bridget Bishop • Salem Lyceum Lecture Series, “New England in Old England,” Greenwich, England

Film: wrote or co-wrote seven films, including:

  • Cry Innocent, writer, co-director • a film based on the play, featuring a cast of 55, filmed at Pioneer Village, in post-production
  • The True 1692: the Actual Events of the Salem Witch Hysteria, story editor/contributing writer • a 35-minute documentary shot in 3D
  • The Spirit of Salem: an Introduction to One of the World’s Most Unforgettable Cites, consultant/contributing writer • a 35-minute documentary
  • The Armed Schooner Hannah, writer • a mini-documentary shot on 16mm for Washington’s Naval Base, Inc., Beverly, MA, shot on 16mm
  • Los Duros: the Making of the Dominican Hero, head writer • a full-length documentary shot in HD

Books: The Language of Objects, poetry (with paintings by George Wingate); A Stadium Full of Bears, poetry forthcoming (2020), Adelaide Books

Poetry: poems have appeared in more than 60 magazines & journals, including Spoon River Quarterly, The Cape Rock, and Poet’s Market

Prose: appeared in Salem News and film trade magazines TV Technology, DV Magazine, Videography, Millimeter, Filmmaker, and Highdef.Org

Storytelling: on The Moth, Boston—“The Gull” (StorySLAM winner), “Mile Run,” “The Fist in Pacifist” (GrandSLAM story, Somerville Theatre) and elsewhere; produce & host live storytelling events/podcasts on North Shore stages, distributed on SoundCloud, Tunblr, and PublicStoryClass

 

WRITING AWARDS

Plays: 11 awards, including PATV New Playwrights Competition, winner; the Charlotte Playwright Award, winner; the Shubert Fendrich Playwriting Contest, special commendation (Pioneer Drama Service); Samuel Beckett Playwright Award, (chosen by Israel Horovitz)

Film & TV: 5 awards, including Moxie-Films documentary award, semi-finalist, for Los Duros: the Making of the Dominican Hero (head writer), a full-length film featuring Dominican MLB players Miguel Tejada and Vladimir Guerrero (MVPs) and Bartolo Colón (Cy Young winner)

Poetry: more than 40 awards—from Wundor Editions, The Shine Journal, Literal Latte, Wild Plum, SWINK, Baltimore Review, Lucidity Journal. Manuscripts were finalist for the Crab Orchard Series, and the Philbrick, Elixir, James Wright, and Ruby Irene Poetry Awards. Two Pushcart Prize nominations

Prose: Earl Weaver Baseball Essay Prize, Central PA Writers Fiction Award, Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize, Spruce Mountain Press Prize

Radio (& Production): 36 awards, including Radio Mercury $5,000 Award (nationwide), Silver Microphone (Best in Show, nationwide), New York Festivals (international), Radio & Production, Mass. Broadcasters Association, NEBA Best of Broadcasting, Boston A.I.R Awards

ACTING & DIRECTING WORK

Director: 25 productions, including Cry Innocent, The Scarlet Letter, Goodnight Captain White, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town

Stage Actor: credits include Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and On the Town at North Shore Music Theatre, Tom in The Glass Menagerie and Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird at Gloucester Stage, John Winthrop aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, Mass. 375th anniversary in Salem Harbor

Film & TV Actor: credits include Salem characters John Hathorne in Cry Innocent on TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” Arthur Dimmesdale (Discovery Channel), John Proctor and Samuel Parris (History Channel), Dr. William Griggs (Travel Channel), Sheriff George Corwin (A&E), Deodat Lawson (National Geographic), Jonathan Corwin (Japanese PTV), William Bentley (Cinema Salem), Son of Liberty in “To the Farthest Port of the Rich East,” (Maritime Center, Salem)

Voiceover Work: five animated video games (including “Freedom Force,” Strategy Game of the Year), narrator for “The Armenian Tree Project,” “Paying for Power: The Salem Harbor Power Station,” “The Armed Schooner Hannah,” and “Higher Ground” (Jackson Hole Film Festival)

EDUCATION

M.A., Boston University, Boston, MA, creative writing (with Derek Walcott, Robert Pinsky, Alan Shapiro, Geoffrey Hill, Rosanna Warren, Kate Snodgrass)

A.B., magna cum laude, Gordon College, Wenham, MA, English