About Mark Blackman

Mark Blackman (Producer and Co-Founder of ArtsPower) co-founded ArtsPower in 1985 with his twin brother, Gary, and currently serves as director of development. Mark is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University and received his Masters of Music Education degree from Florida State University’s School of Music. He is also a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. Mark is responsible for ArtsPower’s fundraising and marketing efforts. In a former life, Mark was a jazz saxophone player who was recognized by Downbeat magazine with a “db Student Recording Award” while at FSU. He is the recipient of grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of which resulted in a year of study with jazz recording artist Eddie Daniels. Mark is married to Leslie Sutton-Smith, and they are both very proud of their daughters Alyssa Blackman and Kelly Sutton-Skinner.

Good Day New York features ArtsPower Theatre On Demand

ArtsPower's Founding Co-Directors, Gary and Mark Blackman, discuss ArtsPower Theatre On Demand with Good Day New York hosts, Roseann Scotto and Lori Stokes.

By | August 5th, 2020|

Sounds of Broadway Welcomes Gary Blackman

Sounds of Broadway, a popular website devoted to playing the music of Broadway, Off-Broadway, and London’s West End, welcomed ArtsPower’s Co-Founding Director, Gary Blackman, to its July 31, 2020 podcast. Hosted by Stuart Brown, the creator of Sounds of Broadway, the podcast features: seven songs from six ArtsPower productions; a behind-the-scenes look at 35 years of producing 34 original productions and touring them to first-class theatres in 49 states for over 14 million people; the launch of ArtsPower’s new online learning initiative, ArtsPower Theatre On Demand; and lots of great discussion about the importance of bringing quality and meaningful theatre to young people and their families throughout the US.

By | July 31st, 2020|


Batch of Books logoBY DENA AT BATCH OF BOOKS

With school out for the summer, you might be wondering what on Earth you’re going to do with your kids for the next 10 weeks. You’re not alone! My children have had all their summer camps, classes, and activities canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With pools, libraries, and […]

By | July 21st, 2020|