Mark Nassar is the co-creator of "Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding," the longest running Off-Broadway comedy in New York City history. He originated the role of “Tony,” when the play debuted in NYC and presented the role in cities across the country including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.
Mr. Nassar is a professional playwright and screenwriter. As an actor he has worked in theater, television and film, working with a variety of top directors including, Paul Mazursky, James Brooks and Christopher Guest.
Three of his plays have been produced Off-Broadway: The Mayor’s Limo, Johnny Boy’s Graduation, and Birdy’s Bachelorette Party. "The Mayor’s Limo", published by Samuel French, was nominated for Best Playwriting at the LA Weekly Theatrical Awards in Los Angeles. Mr. Nassar also received the Drama-Logue Award for Best Performance, in the play, with nytheatre.com commenting, “Nassar’s play courageously keeps a dissenting voice alive while reminding us of the vulnerability and dependency that are inherent to human nature. His Banzai is the classic anti-hero we all hope we are on the inside.”
"The Mayor’s Limo" was adapted was adapted for film, "A Line in the Sand." Awards for the film include: Audience Award, The Santa Monica Int'l Film Festival; Audience Award, Montana Int'l Film Festival; Audience Award, Bridge Festival Vancouver; Best Narrative Feature, George Lindsey UNA Film Festival; Grand Jury prize, Canada Int'l Film Festival.
"Johnny Boy’s Graduation" enjoyed a three-year run in Chicago, an interactive play about a party thrown for a guy getting out of prison. Called, “The Hottest Show in Town,” by Rick Kogan of the Chicago Tribune and WGN radio.
Mr. Nassar attended the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, where he completed a new play, "Shouting in the Wilderness". His most recent play, "The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot," in which Mr. Nassar collaborated with San Francisco transgender performers Collette LeGrande and Donna Personna, tackles the historical night in 1966, when Drag queens in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, rioted against police harassment. It is currently being work-shopped and will debut in San Francisco in the Spring of 2017. The project has received a prestigious California Humanities grant.
Mr. Nassar is a graduate of Hofstra University in New York, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Drama. He studied acting for more than 14 years. Amongst his teachers was renowned acting teacher Eric Morris, author of No Acting Please. Mr. Nassar is honored that Mr. Morris has offered him the opportunity to teach The Eric Morris System.