Mark J. Lerman is a freelance theater director, an adjunct professor at VCU and at the College of William and Mary, and the Proprietor/Director of the Virginia Theatre Machine (VTM). VTM is a technically equipped mobile stage that transports highly engaging and innovative professional theater to audiences anywhere a 2,000 lb trailer can be embedded. Audiences might be most familiar with VTM through it’s production of Master Thespian’s A Christmas Carol, performed annually to thousands in Merchants Square, Colonial Williamsburg since 2008 – be on the lookout for its 9th incarnation in the late Fall of 2016!
Mark served as the Artistic Director at The Perishable Theatre in Providence, RI from 1990 to 2005, in recognition for which the Mayor of Providence proclaimed June 20, 2005 “Mark J. Lerman Day” and presented Mark the Key to the City. He has also directed for the Trinity Rep Company, National Black Theater Festival, and Virginia Premiere Theatre. Mark has served on grant panels for Theater Communications Group, National Endowment for the Arts Residency Program for Playwrights, The New England Foundation for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. He was a board member of the National New Play Network, Virginia Premiere Theatre, and Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, as well as a member of the Steering Committee for the Arts and Business Council of RI.
In Rhode Island Mark taught at The Rhode Island School of Design and served as guest dramaturg for the Brown University Graduate Playwriting program. Mark directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the opening of the 35th Anniversary Season of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and, most recently, “Maple and Vine” by Jordan Harrison for Firehouse Theatre in Richmond in the spring of 2016