Mark Routhier


Office Location
658 Monroe Hall
Mailing Address
Loyola University New Orleans
Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance
6363 St. Charles Ave.
Campus Box 155
New Orleans, LA 70118
Direct Phone
(504) 865-2048
E-mail Address
Personal Website


M.F.A., New York University; B.A., University of Vermont

Short Bio

Mark is the Director of New Play Development with The NOLA Project where he is also the Executive Board Liaison for the 17/18 season.  He will be directing a contemporary adaptation of The Three Musketeers written by company member Pete McElligott and performed in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA in the spring of 2018.  He will also be directing The Lieutenant of Inishmore in Orlando, FL with Beth Marshall Presents in January of 2018.

He directed Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon here at Loyola last fall.

Mark moved from Washington, DC, where he led the Directing Intensive at The Kennedy Center's MFA Playwrights' Workshop produced in association with the National New Play Network (NNPN).  While there, he also directed a workshop of a brand new play by Tearrance Chisholm called Black Lady Authority.  At Catholic University of America, he directed Lauren Redmond’s MFA Thesis play, Legacy Street, for which he won a Gilby Award.

Mark was the Director of New Play Development at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF (University of Central Florida), where he was a tenure-tracked Assistant Professor in Directing and Acting. He directed productions of Bad Dog, The Best of Enemies, Pluto, The Cortez Method, Sense and Sensibility, God of Carnage, Opus, and Charlotte’s Web for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. He ran PlayFest, presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust, OST’s new play festival. Pluto by Steve Yockey was part of an NNPN Rolling World Premiere.  Bad Dog by Jennifer Hoppe-House had a second production in the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival at Olney Theatre Center in Washington, DC. At Theatre UCF, he directed The Importance of Being Earnest, Deborah Zoe Laufer’s Leveling Up (KCTCAF Excellence in Directing) and Kelly Lusk’s (a love story).

In New Orleans, Mark’s NOLA Project directing credits include the World Premiere of Gabrielle Reisman’s Flood City (Top 10 plays of 2016, Times-Picayune), David Adjmi’s Marie Antoinette (Top 5 plays of 2015, Times-Picayune), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Best Production and Best Director of 2014, Times-Picayune. Winner of 5 Big Easy Awards, including Best Director of a Drama), and a co-production of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead with The Nola Project and Cripple Creek Theatre Co. (Best Production and Best Director of 2012, Times-Picayune. Winner of 2 Big Easy Awards including Best Director of a Drama). Other New Orleans credits include Orange Flower Water at the Elm Theatre (Big Easy Award for Best Director of a Drama, 2011), Cat’s-Paw with InsideOut Prod. at the Allways Lounge and Theatre, The Santaland Diaries with A.J. Allegra at Le Chat Noir. He was Associate Artistic Director at Southern Rep in New Orleans where he directed The Piano Teacher, Opus, and The Seafarer, as well as Zombie Town: A Documentary Play, and Love Child for Southern Rep at Le Chat Noir. He directed the world premieres of John Biguenet’s Mold, the third installation of his Rising Water Trilogy, and Freedom by Joyce Pulitzer, Sean Patterson, David Seelig and Kitty Greenberg at Southern Rep.

Mark served as the Literary Chair and Vice President on the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network over five years. He’s directed or dramaturged in six NNPN MFA Playwright Workshops at the Kennedy Center. He was the Literary Manager and then the Director of Artistic Development at Magic Theatre in San Francisco. His favorite San Francisco productions were Kevin Fisher’s Monkey Room at the Magic Theatre, an adaptation of Terry Tarnoff’s The Boneman of Benares, and Steve Yockey’s Skin with Encore Theatre, and the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of Yussef El Guindi’s Jihad Jones and Kalashnikov Babes with Golden Thread.

He received an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU and a BA in English from UVM.

He is a proud member of The NOLA Project and he serves as At-large Ambassador for the National New Play Network (NNPN).

You can see more details of his work at

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