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Friedman, Mark
Friedman, Mark
Composer, lyricist, and playwright Mark Friedman fell in love with musicals at an early age when he and his brothers built their own theatre in the basement of their home, complete with lighting grid and sound system, writing scripts and performing for family and friends in the neighborhood.With a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master of the Arts, Mark has enjoyed a versatile career as a successful educator, musician, vocalist, actor, director and studio producer.  His many songs and recordings are published worldwide in songbooks and catalogs and he has written music for, scripted, and hosted events for major conventions and is a sought after speaker at music and education seminars around the country. He was the co-founder of Cincinnati’s first free Shakespeare Festival, “Peanut Butter Theatre” for Children, and the “Artreach” Touring Theatre.  He formed a theatre group for inner-city schools called “The Good News Company” for which he produced and acted - and toured the country as an actor and musician with the “Fountain Square Fools.”Mark and collaborator, Janet Yates Vogt, have written musicals that have played across the United States, Canada, in Europe and Australia. Their TYA titles include: Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, How I Became a Pirate, Sleepy Hollow – A Musical Tale, Anne of Green Gables, Ebenezer – A Musical Christmas Carol,  Jingle Arrgh the Way, and Snow White and the Prince. Their Non-TYA works are: Tenderly – The Rosemary Clooney Musical, River of Freedom, and War Games – Marriage on the Front Lines. In development is a look at the life of the famous bootlegger, George Remus, and for TYA, Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Crown Jewel.  Although most grateful for his theatre successes, Mark considers his best productions to be his children:  Emily, a film and TV major at NYU – and Chris, a future Golf Pro and Jazz Musican.