Mark Blackman

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.

ArtsPower Cited in Backstage

ArtsPower was recently named as one of America’s top 12 touring theatre companies “that make a difference” across the United States by Backstage.com. Backstage is the largest online casting platform for actors and theatre personnel in the United States.

In the Backstage.com article, ArtsPower was cited as, “bringing quality theatrical programming to kids and families in schools, regional theaters, and community centers for 30 years. The […]

By | May 6th, 2016|

New Promotional Video: Dog Loves Books

May 18, 2015: ArtsPower’s Dog Loves Books, our newest musical based on the book by Louise Yates, now has its own promotional video! Shot at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse and Connecticut’s Westport Country Playhouse, this new video highlights the music, dancing, and all around joy of this exciting musical that touts the satisfaction that reading brings. The video was shot and edited by Gary […]

By | May 19th, 2015|

Cast Recording Session Video: The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Watch the video to see how ArtsPower creates cast recordings for its productions! The fall 2015 cast of “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” Sarah Kozlowski, Michelle Croll, Carlton Welch, and Tegan Miller, did a fabulous job and, as you’ll see, give us a little insight into the process, as well!

By | May 11th, 2015|

Free and Discounted Performances Now Available!

April 1, 2015

ArtsPower is pleased to announce that a number of free and discounted performances, funded by Enterprise Holdings Foundation, American Chai Trust, and an anonymous foundation, are now available. We are very grateful to these generous foundations for their valued support to ensure that young people, particularly those who are underserved by professional arts programming, have the opportunity to experience and enjoy ArtsPower’s live […]

By | March 31st, 2015|