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Mark Jaster

Lecturer, Maryland Opera Studio

Mark Jaster studied with 20th-century masters Marcel Marceau and Etienne Decroux.  He served as teaching assistant to Mr. Marceau and teaches frequently in artist residencies, theatres, and dance programs. Movement consultant credits include Center Stage, Ford's Theatre, Round House Theatre, Adventure Theater, and No Rules Theatre Co.  Jaster has had a long career touring solo mime shows to countless venues, including Wolftrap’s Theater-in-the-Woods, the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival, The Cincinnati Playhouse, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  He has appeared many times for over 20 years with the Washington and Cambridge Christmas Revels, as Herr Drosselmeyer in the Maryland Youth Ballet's Nutcracker, and at The Maryland Renaissance Festival.  Mark is a proud member of The Big Apple Circus' Clown Care Program, performing as “Dr. Baldy” at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Since 2006, he has co-directed Happenstance Theater with Sabrina Mandell, devising and appearing in critically acclaimed collaborative, original works of "Visual, Poetic Theater."