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Mark Brokaw is a stage director. He won the Drama Desk Award, Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award as Outstanding Director of a Play for How I Learned to Drive.
Brokaw was raised in Aledo, Illinois and graduated from the Yale Drama School. He received a Drama League fellowship and was initially given directing work through Carole Rothman and Robyn Goodman, artistic heads of the Second Stage Theatre.
He has directed many off-Broadway productions, and his New York work includes premieres by Lynda Barry (The Good Times Are Killing Me), Douglas Carter Beane (As Bees in Honey Drown), Neal Bell, Eric Bogosian, Keith Bunin, Jeremy Dobrish, Kevin Elyot, Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride), Lisa Loomer, Kenneth Lonergan (This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero), Craig Lucas (Dying Gaul), Eduardo Machado, Patrick Marber (After Miss Julie), Robert Schenkkan, Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, Long X-Mas Ride Home) and Wendy Wasserstein. He has directed in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, New Group, Second Stage, Lincoln Center, NYSF/Public, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout. He spent five seasons with the Young Playwright's Festival (1989–1995). Brokaw was also a member of the Drama Dept. theatre company.
In regional theatre he has directed at the Guthrie (A Month in the Country, Racing Demon, 1997–1998), Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Lisbon Traviata, 1991; The Good Times Are Killing Me, 1992) Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Huntington, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the O'Neill Conference, Sundance, Berekley Rep, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse and New York Stage and Film. He directed A Little Night Music for the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration in 2002.
On Broadway he directed Reckless (2004), The Constant Wife (2005), the musical Cry-Baby (2007), and After Miss Julie (2009).
His work has also been seen at London's Donmar Warehouse and Dublin's Gate Theatre.
He directed the out-of-town production of the musical version of Marty in 2002.
Brokaw served as vice president, Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the Artistic Director, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, 2009, and is an associate artist of the Roundabout Theatre.
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