Mr. Valdez is the National Coordinator for the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Prior to joining NET, he worked as a director and educator based in Los Angeles. For five years, he served as the Associate Artistic Director for Cornerstone Theater Company, an ensemble based company located in Los Angeles. For Cornerstone, Mark produced many of the company’s productions and festivals, as well as directed the first ever approved adaptation of the Kaufman and Hart classic, You Can’t Take It With You, adapted to LA’s Muslim community. Mark has directed at such theaters as Mixed Blood in Minneapolis, Teatro Vision in San Jose and in Los Angeles for The Rogue Artist’s, East West Players’ David Henry Hwang Institute and the Ricardo Montalban Theater. He has led workshops and participated in panels for TCG, Lincoln Center, Southwest Arts Conference, Leadership for a Changing World, REDCAT, NYU, The New School, ATHE, NEA and the Ford Foundation. He is the recipient of Princess Grace Foundation Awards for Directing and a Special Project Grant. Mark received an MFA in Directing from UC Irvine. At UCR, he directed Roosters, Our Town, The Shape of Things, One Size Fits All, and The Winter’s Tale.
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