About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.

Theatre Review: ‘The Sunshine Boys’ at Twin Beach Players

Tom Wines as Al Lewis and Jeff Larsen as Willie Clark in the Twin Beach Players production of 'The Sunshine Boys.' Rehearsal Photo courtesy of Twin Beach Players.

I first saw actors Tom Wines and Jeff Larsen perform in The Foreigner at the Twin Beach Players in 2004. I liked the production so much that I asked the director of the show, Sid Curl if he would reunite the cast to perform The Foreigner at my theatre in Baltimore City in 2005. In […]

Theatre News: Interview with Molly Smith, Director of ‘The Velocity of Autumn’ on Broadway

Molly Smith. Photo courtesy of Arena Stage.

Molly Smith is a natural born leader.  Whether she is directing a play or leading a cause in her community in Washington, D.C., Molly Smith is able to unite and motivate people to complete the project at hand. Just last year, she directed Academy Award® winner Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, August: Osage County) and two-time […]

Theatre News: Announcement of Winners of the 14th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH)

14th Annual WATCH Award Ceremony. Photo by Mark Beachy.

The winners of the 14th Annual Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (WATCH) were announced Sunday,  March 9, 2014 at 7 PM at the Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. MDTG posted the winners as soon as each winner was announced. *WINNER Nominations for outstanding technical achievements. Outstanding Set Design in a Musical (5) *Jared Davis– Avenue Q – Dominion Stage […]

Theatre Review: ‘Beaches’ at Signature Theatre

Mara Davi as Bertie and Alysha Umphress as Cee Cee. Photo by Margot Schulman.

The year is 1951 and Little Bertie  (Brooklyn Shuck) is lost on a beach in Atlantic City, NJ.  Looking for help to find her mother, she walks up to another little girl her age and says, “I’m lost and I’m scared.”  Comforting her, Little Cee Cee (Presley Ryan) reassuringly says, “You ain’t lost.  I found […]

Theatre Review: ‘I and You’ at Olney Theatre Center

Rachael Tice as Caroline and Thaddeus Fitzpatrick as Anthony.  Photo by Stan Barouh.

“It is the new plays that really pave the way forward for this art form and for the artists who are a part of it,” says Artistic Director of the Olney Theatre Center, Jason Lowewith. As part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere series, Olney Theatre Center is producing I and You by Lauren […]

Video: Audience Reaction at World Premiere of ‘Beaches’ at Signature Theatre

Theatre Review: ‘The Piano Teacher’ at Rep Stage

Laureen E. Smith in 'The Piano Teacher' at Rep Stage.  Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker.

The piano students of Mrs. K  learned more than just  Chopin and Mozart in her quaint little home in the suburbs. Now retired, Mrs. K decides to contact her former students to reminisce on the good old days.  What she discovers, however, is disturbing. …it is an eye-opening play that makes you ask yourself the question, […]

Video: Brian Boitano at Baltimore Book Festival

News: MD Theatre Guide’s Readers’ Choice Award Winners for Community Theatre

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Thank you for voting!  Over 3,000 votes were cast!  The MD Theatre Guide is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Community Theatre!  On the left-hand column is where you will find the 1st Place Winners.  The middle column is where you will find the 2nd Place Winners.  The right-hand […]

Theatre News: Interview with Adventure Theatre MTC’s Michael J. Bobbitt on Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ Opening at The New Victory Theater, NYC

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Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley, known for his dreadlocks and his distinctive songwriting and vocal style, lives on through his recordings of “One Love, People Get Ready,” “No woman, no cry,” and “Redemption Song,” just to name a few.  His daughter,  Cedella Marley, wrote a children’s book called, “Three Little Birds.”  When Washington, DC-area based Adventure Theatre MTC’s Michael […]

News: MD Theatre Guide’s Readers’ Choice Award Winners for Professional Theatre

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Thank you for voting!  Over 3,000 votes were cast!  The MD Theatre Guide is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards for Professional theatre!  On the left-hand column is where you will find the 1st Place Winners.  The middle column is where you will find the 2nd Place Winners.  The right-hand […]

Concert Review: ‘Chaplin’s Back!’ with BSO Featuring ‘The Idle Class’ and ‘The Kid’

A standee in the lobby of the Meyerhoff of Charlie Chaplin as the Little Tramp.  Photo by Mark Beachy.

One hundred years ago Charlie Chaplin’s character known only as the Little Tramp appeared on film for the very first time. And the world of cinema hasn’t been the same since.   The Little Tramp character with his trademark toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk is still recognized by 90% of the […]

Theatre Review: ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’ at Toby’s Dinner Theatre

Top: King Arthur (Lawrence B. Munsey), Lady of the Lake (Priscilla Cuellar), and Patsy (Jeffrey Shankle).  Bottom: Sir Galahad (Nick Lehan), ) Sir Bedevere (Shawn Kettering), Sir Robin (Darren McDonnell), and Sir Lancelot (David Jennings). Photo by Kirstine Christiansen.

The labeled ingredients in the canned mystery meat known as Spam are chopped pork shoulder meat, with ham meat added, salt, water, modified potato starch as a binder, sugar, and sodium nitrite as a preservative.  More than just canned humor, the ingredients of Toby’s Dinner Theatre’s production of Monty Python’s Spamalot include dazzling costumes,  a […]

Theatre Review: Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast, Jr.’ at Aldersgate Church Community Theater

The cast of 'Beauty and the Beast Jr.' at Aldersgate Church Community Theater.  Photo courtesy of ACCT.

The joyous voices of grandparents and their grandchildren could be heard singing the title song “Beauty and the Beast” after they saw the Disney movie come to life on stage at the Aldersgate Church Community Theater in Alexandria, Virginia. Beauty and the Beast, Jr. with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and […]