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Associate Professor Hardy primarily teaches acting (including a Shakespeare intensive), audition technique, and voice and speech at MSU. He also co-chairs the New Works Initiative with colleague Heather Benton. Directing credits here include The Threepenny Opera (with a grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation), Twelfth Night, West Side Story, Triumph of Love, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lippa's Wild Party, Maltby and Shire's Take Flight (university premiere), and a staged concert of City of Angels. Before beginning a career as a teacher, Mark enjoyed a long professional career on and off Broadway, in regional theatre and stock, and on concert stages singing the American songbook. Mark continues to work professionally as a director and actor and is a proud Actors' Equity and SAG/AFTRA member. His international teaching has taken him to Greece, England, China, Romania, and Croatia. He is particularly interested in the intersections of performance disciplines and in the exploration of style pieces and genres.
Mark's principal focus at MSU is musical theatre performance; within this field, he includes specializations in voice and speech and elevated text (particularly Shakespeare) as key components of his work. His chief goal with students is full comprehensive expression.