A B O U T
Mark Allan Davis
is a theatre and dance artist. His career began as a competitive figure skater and he received a USFS Gold Medal in Ice Dancing. His first choreography was for the PBS television broadcast of a Skating Spectacular when he was 15 years old and four years later Impulse Dance Company of Boston premiered his first modern dance work "Youth in Asia." He is very honored to have had a life in the arts where he has been able to teach, create and dialogue across the globe. In a career that continues to evolve Mr. Davis recently directed and choreographed How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, co-produced and directed Dutchman in the show FROM/BEFORE: TWO BLACK ONE ACTS and choreographed for Chicago's Black Ensemble Theater's "Chicago's Golden Soul" to great praise. His second play The Last Blues of the Empress was selected by the 2013 National Black Theater Festival for it's Reader's Theater of New Work.
He has choreographed many original dance and theater works and taught and performed in over 20 countries. He has performed the work of noted choreographers Alvin Ailey, Paul
Taylor, Jose Limon, Joyce Trisler, Bill T. Jones, Jessica Iwanson, Talley Beatty, Jerome Robbins, Jerry Mitchell, Anna Sokolow among others.
He is proud of being an original cast member of the Tony Award winning, Broadway production of The Lion King where he was active in fundraising for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and where he was able to continue to develop his craft as a performer and as an artist/educator. He formed his own company Les Danses Dønsk in Munich, Germany, and mounted seven full evening productions including aRia, Waiting for the Beast and Formation. He was choreographer and a creative director for the Munich Avantgarde Fashion Fair for four seasons and worked extensively in fashion, advertising and commercial production for companies such as BMW, Levi Strauss, Nino Cerruti, Helsapor, Mercedes Benz and Loden Frey. Upon returning to the United States in 1995, after over a decade in Europe, Mr. Davis performed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in such noted works as Still/Here and D-Man in the Waters, The Mother of Three Sons .
His choreographic work in film includes The Never-ending Story III, Nobody Loves Me (Keiner Liebt Mich), and Josef Vilsmaier’s The Parent Trap. Music videos include Milli Vanilli’s Don’t 4-get My Number, The Real McCoy’s Come and Get Your Love and Rock Me Amadeus for the Vienna Symphony Philharmonic.
Recent theatrical productions as director and/or choreographer: Dutchman, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Importance of Being Earnest (comportment), Nevada (Fight Choreography), Die Fledermaus , Chicago's Golden Soul, Ragtime , The Threepenny Opera, Phantom of the Opera (U of M) On The Twentieth Century, A Funny Thing Happened, La Cage aux Folles, How2$, The Undertaking, Little Shop of Horrors.
Along with TLK he has appeared on stage in Broadway Bares, Nothing Like a Dame w/ Heather Headley, Sting Live @ Carnegie Hall, A Few Good Men Dancing, The Best of Broadway (European Tour) Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Cutler), Gem of the Ocean (Eli), Speed the Plow (Bobby Gould), Facing East (Alex), Little Shop of Horrors (Voice of Audrey 2), Family Album (Burrows) and Six Characters in Search of an Author (Leading Man) and Radio Golf (Elder Joseph Barlow) .
He also appeared in the Chad Barton film “Lights, Camera, Bullsh*t!” as Uncle Vic. Other feature film work as a performer include The Neverending Story II, Curtain Call (Japan) and several music videos, television and awards programs both in Europe, Japan and domestically including appearing as guest soloist with Carte Blanche Dance Company of Norway in both a -filmed in the Pfords segment with a live simulcast performance with the Norwegian Symphony from Oslo, Norway.
Mr. Davis holds an MFA in Theatre from Smith College and a Bachelors of Arts in Dance and Performance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has taught on the faculty of Smith College (Visiting Artist-in-Residence), Mount Holyoke College, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Cortland State University, Rochester Institute of Technology (Guest Choreographer), University of Memphis Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Lecturer Musical Theatre Performance).
Mark was a dance expert and advisor on the bestselling 2015 Michael Jackson biography MJ: Portrait of a Genius by Steve Knopper and published by Scribner. He has been a contributing writer for the Dance on Camera Journal, About Time Magazine and has presented seminars and lectures on Directing and Choreography throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Upcoming projects include a 2016 production of Yasmina Reza's Art which he will co-produce and star in Rochester, NY with Theatre/Theater Co. and in 2017 he will be directing and choreographing Chicago in San Francisco and the musical Aida at the Hattiloo Theater in Memphis, TN.
Mark will be joining the faculty of San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance in the Fall of 2016!