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Theater Acting Credits

Film and Voice Acting Credits

Directing Credits

Administrative Experience


Representative Theater Acting Credits

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Production Role Producer
The Alchemist Lovewit Bad Epitaph Theater Company
The American Revolution Adams, Hangman Bad Epitaph Theater Company
Diary of Anne Frank  Mr. Dussel Beck Center
Hamlet Claudius Beck Center
A Man of No Importance Rasher Flynn Beck Center
Jeffrey  Sterling Beck Center
The Seagull Shamraev Beck Center
Oleanna John Boulevard Theatre
Osama the Hero  Mark Cleveland Public Theater
Between Life and Death The Man Cleveland Public Theater
King Lear Lear Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 King Henry Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
Julius Caesar Caesar Cleveland Shakespeare Festival
Heartbreak House Captain Shotover Cleveland State University
Holiday Hotline Ensemble Detroit Avenue Arts
Dividing the Estate Bob Ensemble Theatre
The Trip to Bountiful Ludie Watts Ensemble Theatre
The Fantasticks Hucklebee Ensemble Theatre
Full Moon Frank Patrick Ensemble Theatre
Scrooge! Ebenezer Scrooge Fine Arts Association
Inherit the Wind Drummond Fine Arts Association
Proof Robert Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild
Ragtime Henry Ford Jewish Community Center
All My Sons Joe Keller John Carroll Unversity
Death of a Salesman Willy Loman Lakeland Theater
To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch Lakeland Theater
Peter Pan Jas. Hook/Mr. Darling Lakeland Theater
Born Yesterday Harry Brock Lakeland Theater
Big River Pap Finn Mercury Summer Stock
Mystery of Charles Dickens all characters Rabbit Run Theater

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Representative Film and Voice Acting Credits

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Film Role Producer
Rathunas (player mod to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion) Girard Lambert and other roles Scott & Katherine Courtney
Losing the Hemingway Hemingway Green Field Productions
Cold Storage Richard Landau Cinecraft
The Still Unknown Bill Mephisto Productions
To See the Moon in the Morning Sky John Little Beth Productions

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Representative Directing Credits

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Production Producer
These Are the Times Cleveland Public Theater Big Box
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Rabbit Run Theater
Cyrano de Bergerac Fine Arts Association
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead University of Akron Theater Guild
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Boulevard Theatre
The Importance of Being Earnest Theater on the Square
Twelfth Night Theater on the Square
Hay Fever Theater on the Square
The Perfect Alibi (A. A. Milne) Theater on the Square
The Romantic Age (A. A. Milne) Theater on the Square
Applause Chagrin Falls High School
Midsummer Night's Dream Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Radio Boy Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Romeo and Juliet Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Twelfth Night Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Spamalot Geauga Lyric Theater Guild
Music Man Geauga Lyric Theater Guild

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Administrative Experience

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Mark Cipra has worked in virtually all areas of administration in over 40 years of theater experience. 

That experience began with leadership roles in high school and college organizations (including a founding role in several still-extant theaters and education programs), and continued through a series of seminal positions at Playhouse Square Center and the Cleveland Play House. 

During his career as an information technology professional, he was a board member/officer with Signstage and the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and has consulted with many other area theaters on a volunteer basis.  He formed Cypher Productions in 2006, and he has also acted in or directed dozens of professional productions in the Cleveland area.

He has, in addition, over 25 years experience in the business and engineering application of information technology.

Professional Experience

Chancellor (formerly Myers) University, 2006-2010.  Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems.

Zin Technologies/Analex Corporation, 1990-2006.  Project Manager/Implementation Coordinator/Database Development.  Led team developing and implementing web- and client-server business administration systems.  Provided direct support for interface development, data conversion, testing, training, budgeting, scheduling, and document management.

Cleveland Play House, 1987 - 1990.  Computer Systems Manager.  Guided transition to a computerized performing arts information system.  Developed and maintained systems for ticketing, fundraising, marketing, cost and revenue accounting, and office automation.  Specified, budgeted for, acquired and installed hardware and software.  Created training materials, conducted and supervised training.

McDermott International, 1984 - 1987.  Senior Analyst, Operations Research.  Designed and developed corporate international financial and marketing databases, business modeling systems, and proprietary database and communications languages.

Cleveland State University, 1987 - 1996, and Lake Erie College, 2013-present.  Adjunct Professor, graduate/undergraduate information systems topics.

Playhouse Square Foundation, 1973-1981.  Box Office Manager, House Manager, Development Office assistant.  Developed systems and managed areas during PSF's initial experiments in large-scale production.


Fairmount Center Performing Arts Camp Publicist (2006)

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board (2002-2005; Secretary)

Fairmount Theater of the Deaf (now Signstage) Board of Trustees (1987-1993)

Bad Epitaph Theater Company Benefit Coordinator (2003)

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Yale University (1971-75): Nikos Psacharopoulos

Circle in the Square (1975-76): Arvin Brown, Ken Frankel, John Strasberg, Madeleine Sherwood

Workshops/classes: George Roy Hill, Arthur Penn, Tom Fulton, Brian Zoldessy

Case Western Reserve University (1982-84): MBA, Information Systems

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