Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2020
Feb 27, 2020 12:35 PM
Mark Hofflund, Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Idaho Shakespeare Festival 2020

In his 28th year with the Festival, Mark continues to appreciate Idaho’s proud, neighborly and generous way of life.  Mark’s career began at The Old Globe under Jack O’Brien, Tom Hall and Craig Noel, where he was fortunate to act, direct, and produce new plays, as well as edit his mentor Alan Schneider’s memoir Entrances (published by Viking).  Joining colleague Charles Fee to plan and build the ISF Amphitheater and Reserve, Mark’s collaboration with Idaho Foundation for Parks & Lands and Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation continues to make possible the Festival’s home at Barber Pool.  Mark’s broader service includes 50,000 students K-12 in 150 schools statewide; a resident Apprentice Company, Access Program, and School of Theater coming from a merger with Idaho Theater for Youth; and campaigns for institutional capitalization and open space conservation.  Mark has addressed the Shakespeare Theatre Association, Institute of Outdoor Theatre (receiving the Mark R. Sumner Award), and committees of the Idaho Legislature and U.S. House of Representatives.  He served a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Arts (receiving the Chairman’s Medal from Dana Gioia), filled board positions for the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and chaired the Idaho Commission on the Arts under Governors Kempthorne, Risch and Otter.  He guest teaches at Boise State University, has received the President’s Medallion from the University of Idaho, and is a graduate of Princeton (AB) and University of California, San Diego (MFA).