Mark Stein: Teacher, Performer, Artist
I’ve been working as a professional educator in schools on and off for the last twenty years, but my life as a performer and teaching artist goes back even further. In fifth grade I began performing magic shows at children’s birthday parties, retirement homes, and working with The Special Olympics; my passion and vocation for arts, performance, and education has continued unabated ever since.
After receiving a Master's Degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street School of Education in New York City, I spent 22 wonderful years teaching general education, science, Mathematics and Physical Education in public and private elementary and middle schools, and worked as a private tutor and educational consultant. Since 2010 I have been a full time head teacher at The Schoolhouse in South Burlington, where I have taught Early Kindergarten, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades, and Physical Education for Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. I hold a current, Level II Vermont Teaching License. (Full professional resume here.)
As a teaching artist, I have taught drama, improvisational theater and comedy, storytelling, prop and set design, mask making, magic, and creative movement in schools, summer camps and teacher education programs. I have also been hired by lecturers at Champlain College, Community College of Vermont and The University of Vermont to teach improvisational comedy and storytelling, and taught children's improv comedy workshops for Vermont Comedy Club. In June 2016 I had the great honor of being added to the Vermont Council for the Arts Teaching Artist Roster, and look forward to an exciting collaboration with the Arts Council and their affiliates.
As a visual artist, I focus mainly on functional art for the theater, with a speciality in mask making, though I have also created sets, props, costumes and masks for plays, short films, and sold many of my pieces retail.
My life as a performer consists mainly of improv comedy and storytelling. I am a member of Napoleon Improv, Vermont Comedy Club's professional short-form improv troupe, with whom I practice and perform every week. I also tell stories at events around Vermont such as Extempo, Storytelling Vermont, and The Moth. I currently produce, host and perform in "Funny Story," a monthly storytelling show at Vermont Comedy Club. You might also see me working as a Master of Ceremonies at fund raising events in the Burlington area, such as the Spring into Summer Fashion Show to benefit the Leukemia/Lymphoma foundation.