Mark Cherry, Artist-in-Residence
Mark Cherry has been teaching at Manhattanville since 1996, and was named Artist-in-Residence for Musical Theatre in 2004. He has been stage and musical director for the college's musical productions, and has been instrumental in developing the Musical Theatre Major. In addition to the productions, he directs The Quintessentials, Manhattanville's elite pop vocal group, and teaches Musical Theatre Senior Seminar, Cabaret Performance Workshop, and Musical Theatre Ensemble. He developed the Acting for Musical Theatre, Advanced Cabaret Performance, and Children's Musical Theatre Performance courses. He has been a Musical Director for Cap 21 and a Master Teacher at the Cabaret Conference at Yale.
His professional credits include the award-winning and critically acclaimed An Evening With Brett Somers, which he had the honor of co-writing with Ms. Somers, and for which he served as both stage and musical director; Musical Director during the original New York run of Nunsense; and numerous regional and stock theatres, including the Folger (now Shakespeare) Theatre in Washington DC, The Olney Theatre, The Cape Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. He has arranged/conducted industrials for corporations such as McDonald's, toured in Europe for the US Armed Forces Special Services, and appeared at the Kennedy Center, in Las Vegas, and most of the cabaret rooms in New York City.
His composition work includes Just Pretend, a children's musical, Bitz, a musical revue, sacred and secular choral arrangements, and Piano Meditations on American Hymn Tunes. Mr. Cherry holds a B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America, is a member of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians, The American Guild of Organists, and the Theatrical Artists Workshop. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Colleges.
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