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Markus was recently honored with an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, and the New York Times Critics’ pick for NewYorkRep’s production of Stalking The Bogeyman. This past season he served as Interim Artistic Director of Theatre Aspen, and has and has recently directed at The Portland Stage Company, Weston Playhouse, New Jersey Rep, London’s Southwark Playhouse (Off-West End Award nomination for Best Production and Best Direction), and Church and State at New World Stages (off-Broadway Alliance nomination for best new play). As a former actor he spent several seasons with The Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center, Long Wharf, tour of Death of A Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, Berkeley Rep, ACT and many more. Markus was on the producing team that brought the Arena Stage production of Eric Cobble’s The Velocity of Autumn to Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination.
Markus received his MFA from Columbia University, where he worked closely with Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater for many years. He has taught around the country at The Guthrie/University of Minneapolis, The Denver Center/National Theatre Conservatory, University of Anchorage Alaska, Adelphi University, AMDA, and The New Hampshire Institute of Art where he serves as mentor to the MFA playwrights.
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 and Montford Point Marine, who was recently presented the Congressional Gold Metal for “outstanding perseverance and courage that inspired social change in the Marines.”
Markus is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, where he serves on the Executive Board nominating committee, The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, and the NAMT selection committee.
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.