Artist in Residence for Musical Theatre, Music Department
Music Building, Room 27
Tuesday 2:00-2:30PM; 3:30-4:00PM; Wednesday & Friday by appt.
1 (914) 323-5113
Mark Cherry was instrumental in developing Manhattanville's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre. Named Artist-in-Residence in 2004, he has been Stage and Musical Director for over 25 of the college's musical productions. He also directs The Quintessentials, Manhattanville's elite pop vocal group, and teaches Cabaret Performance Workshop, Musical Theatre Ensemble, and Musical Theatre Performance Seminar. He has been a Musical Director for Cap 21 Conservatory and a Master Teacher for the Cabaret Conference at Yale University.
His professional credits include the award-winning and critically acclaimed An Evening With Brett Somers, which he co-wrote 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, D.C., 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 many of New York City's cabaret rooms.
His composition work includes Just Pretend, a children's musical, Bitz, a musical revue, sacred and secular vocal arrangements, and Piano Meditations on American Hymn Tunes. Mr. Cherry holds a B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America, and 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.