Mark Stein: Teacher, Performer, Artist

You can also read about Mark in the April issue of Kids VT!

The core of my personal and professional mission is the safety, wellbeing and positive development of children.

I’ve been teaching in schools on and off for twenty five years, but my life as a performer and teaching artist goes back even further. In elementary school I began doing magic shows at birthday parties and retirement homes, and working with The Special Olympics. My passion and vocation for arts, performance, and education have continued unabated ever since.

 

After earning 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 working as a private tutor and educational consultant.

From 2010-2017 I was a full time lead teacher at The Schoolhouse in South Burlington, where I 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 teaching resume here.)

As a teaching artist I have taught drama, improvisational theater and comedy, storytelling, visual arts, prop and set design, mask making, magic, and creative movement. I have worked in schools, summer camps and teacher education programs, as well as at private events. 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. I am also a Teaching Artist with The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and the Vermont Council on the Arts. 

 

My focus as a visual artist is on functional art for theater, film and dance. I make sets, props, costumes and masks for plays and short films, as well as movement props and toys such as contact staffs, swords and poi.

 

My life as a performer consists mainly of improv comedy and storytelling. I was a member of Napoleon Improv, Vermont Comedy Club's professional short-form improv troupe, and I tell stories and MC at events around Vermont such as Extempo, Storytelling Vermont, and The Moth. You might also see me working as a Master of Ceremonies at nonprofit events in the Burlington area, such as the Movement is Medicine Fundraiser Show.