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The Telling Company and NewYorkRep have merged. Welcome to the "new" NewYorkRep.
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Markus is a New York based Director and proud SDC member who works around the country and abroad. He recently directed the off-Broadway production of Stalking The Bogeyman, which received a New York Timers Critics Pick and the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. His work at other theatre’s include The Portland Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, and London’s Southwark Playhouse, where he received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction.
As an actor, he worked at the Guthrie, Denver Center, Long Wharf, Berkeley Rep, The American Conservatory Theatre and many more. As commercial producer, he helped bring the Arena Stage production of The Velocity Of Autumn by Eric Coble to Broadway. The production stared Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress.
Markus received his MFA from Columbia University in 2003, where he worked intimately with Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater for many years. He is currently adjunct professor of Directing and Acting at Adelphi University’s BFA program, and mentor to the MFA playwrights at The New Hampshire Institute of Art.
Having long been inspired by to tell stories that hit him in the gut, plays and musicals that have social, ethical, and political relevance, work that is complicated, curious, and provocative; work that makes us experience joy; stories that reveal truths about the universe; stories that expose the travesty and beauty of humankind; stories that promote empathy, compassion, and help us better understand the human condition, led Markus to create NewYorkRep with Gayle Waxenberg.
He is from the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was raised by his mother who emigrated from Germany, and his step-father, a civil rights activist who was among the first African Americans to serve in the Marines, and was recently presented the Congressional Gold Metal “outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marines.”
Markus lives with his wife and children in Manhattan.
Gayle’s career began on Wall Street where she managed the marketing and corporate communications for a premiere investment bank. During her 11 years there, she won a multitude of awards for the creative and strategic campaigns she directed. She later started her own marketing consulting firm, Waxenberg & Associates, working with advertising, public relations and direct marketing firms servicing the financial industry. A born advocate, she left the for-profit sector and committed her self to raising awareness for those less fortunate. Combining her extensive business experience and philanthropic work, she began giving “voice” to the different communities she served, and continues to serve; domestic abuse victims, hospice patients, substance abuse victims, immigrants, at-risk children and mental health patients. Gayle has been repeatedly honored for her service by the organizations she serves.
Recognizing the power of the stories she captured, she launched the Telling Company in 2012 as a forum for telling real-life stories influencing social change through art. She has now brought The Telling Company to NewYorkRep becoming a founding member with Markus Potter.
Her first play, A Bitter Pill, premiered in 2016 at the Hudson Guild Theater, as part of the Venus/Adonis Theater Festival. Gayle also produced the mulit-award winning film Influence, and the London production of Stalking the Bogeyman, which received an Off-West End (Offie nomination) for best production and direction. Produced readings included Ben Elton’s Olivier award winning play, Popcorn, starring Sharon Stone and Stacey Keach. She is proud to have launched and produced a community based program of readings, Thought Bubbles, to bring new theatrical work free to people who may not otherwise have access.
Gayle is also a Founder/Past President and currently a Board Member of The Graham School Education Foundation, which serves New York City’s most at-risk, underserved children, a Board Member of Danza Espanza, The American Spanish Dance Theater, and was an elected official. She is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Resources Unlimited and a member of the League of Professional Theater Women.