Alumnus Profile: Christopher Marks '09 Theatre
If Christopher Marks looks familiar, it might be from seeing him on the small screen in such popular TV shows as Burn Notice, The Glades and Magic City, all filmed in South Florida. He also had a role on America’s Most Wanted, but not as one of the bad guys, he said. He played a detective as part of an investigation re-enactment.
His classmates at Palm Beach Atlantic University, however, will remember Marks primarily for the 11 theatrical productions in which he was cast, starting with Camino Real, in which he played a street cleaner, and concluding with a memorable role as Capt. Brackett in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
In between, Marks had a chance to appear in PBA and community theatre productions of The Tempest, Les Miserables, Medea, The Fantasticks and Man of La Mancha. He said he felt drawn to the stage from his very first show. “It wasn’t until I discovered musical theatre that I started to fall in love with it,” he said.
For three years, Marks belonged to A.L.I.C.E., PBA’s improv comedy troupe. He remembers the camaraderie he felt with his classmates and professors in the Theatre Department.
“It’s this strong bond that ties everyone together,” he said. “Most of us still keep in touch with each other to this day.”
After graduation, Marks continued working on the stage, appearing in Side By Side By Sondheim and a Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Three Tall Women.
Gradually he began to gravitate toward television and film. He found work doing short films and commercials. In addition to his television roles, Marks has appeared in nine motion pictures, all of which are listed on his profile on IMDB.com (http://www.imdb.me/chrismarks).
The Jupiter resident says he hasn’t left his theatre roots entirely behind.
“My heart is on the stage,” he said. But “my passion for movies and television goes well into my childhood.”