Mark is co-owner of Ears Up Sound Design with Matt Glenn. Ears Up is an audio design company specializing in telling stories for themed entertainment and theater. Ears Up designs, produces and mixes soundtracks for installations, attractions, and large-scale events across the country and abroad. Ears Up’s recent clients include Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal, Royal Caribbean, and the Los Angeles philharmonic.
In addition to co-founding Ears Up Sound Design, Mark has worked for Thinkwell group and The Hetema group. He also forayed into the world of academia with a two-year tenure as a Post MFA Fellow/instructor in Design at Pomona Collage. Additionally, Mark does freelance compositions and sound designs that have been heard at South Coast Repertory Theater, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and The New Swan Shakespeare Festival. He remains the resident composer and sound designer for CounterBalance Theater.
As a Co-Owner, sound designer, and composer at Ears Up, Mark produces and Co-manages full soundtrack production for location-based entertainment working alongside a remarkable team including multiple Emmy and grammy-winning designers, composers who have worked for major worldwide entertainment companies. Ears Up's Work includes music composition and production, custom sound effects design, sound system design, audio post-production/mixing, and on-site integration/programming. For more information about Ears Up check out earsupdesgin.com
Selected Theatrical Projects:
Sound Design and additional composition at South Coast Repertory Theater Directed By Beth Lopes.
Composition for a CounterBalance Theater production based on the novel "Margaret" by Danielle Dutton
Directed by Jeremy Aluma at South Coast Repertory Theater. This devised Clowning rendition of Pinocchio provided an opportunity to balance live music and foley sounds from the performers with a unique selection of playback sound effects and music.
Composition for a CounterBalance Theater production based on the horror classic "Frankenstein" Sound design by Vinnie Oliveri
Composition and sound design for the CounterBalance Theater production based on book "Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time" by Dava Sobel.
Directed by Annie Loui, this adaptation of Homer’s epic poem was designed as a movement workshop. My role involved a sound design that featured original compositions with several original songs and over 150 sound cues. This adaptation of The Odyssey has been developed and performed both at UCI and the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy.
Angels in America
Directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb at the Robert Cohen Theater, my role was to develop integrated original compositions. Using a multitude of cinematic genres, compositions were fully meshed with the sound design, the onstage action, and the dialogue through close collaboration.
Original sound design and composition for this New Swan Production directed by Beth Lopes.
Directed and written by Mihai Maniutiu for the Claire Trevor Theater, Mihai created a thought-provoking drama based on the play Hecuba by Euripides. After Troy examines the conflict between civilization and the barbarians who are intent on annihilating it. My role involved creation of original compositions fully integrated into the sound design, performed live on stage. The compositions ranged in style from hip-hop to a Philip Glass style underscore.
The Liquid Plain
Directed by Jay Williams at UCI’s Robert Cohen Theater, my role in this Naomi Wallace’s play was to create a sonic environment for this piece, which was dynamically coupled to the tension and violence in the story. This was done using shifting sounds of the ocean and the environment as well as using original music to augment the sound design.
As You Like It
Directed by Jane Page at the Robert Cohen Theater, this intimate production was set in Louisiana. My role included setting appropriate and storybook influenced, compositions using both playback and live performance of the original music. Much of the score was performed live, by the actors.
A Christmas Carol
Directed by Annie Loui at Winifred Smith hall, this was a movement based piece based on the Dickens classic novel. My role was to sound design and work with the composer to fully underscore this production, which used a 21 speaker sound playback and reinforcement system.
The Woman of Lockerbie
Directed by Emily Gill, this play by Deborah Brevoort, produced at Illinois State University is about the plight of families of the victims of the Lockerbie Pam Am plane crash in 1988. Written in the style of classic Greek tragedy, my role was sound designer and composer to underscore the four odes, and naturalistic ambiance.