Mark Burrell is best known for his work on Broadway and abroad in Pippin, Fosse, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and CATS. For moviegoing audiences, he appeared in Mel Brooks’ The Producers: A Movie Musical starring as Uma Thurman’s dance partner. Prior to coming to SMU Meadows as a visiting artist-in-residence, Burrell was an assistant professor of dance at Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
Burrell’s international engagements have included performances in Amsterdam, Japan, Zambia, Peru and South Africa. He has served as associate and assistant choreographer/director of several Broadway shows, in addition to holding prestigious positions as dance captain and swing.
Burrell has staged numerous works throughout the U.S. and abroad and performed in original works by Lar Lubovitch, Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, David Paker, Zvi Gotheiner, Azure Barton and Chet Walker, among others. He has trained with legends such as Gwen Verdon, Chet Walker, Ann Reinking and two-time Tony Award-Winning Director Diane Paulus, experiences that have influenced his teaching philosophy. Other theatrical productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Broadway for Hilary, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Television credits include CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien and multiple appearances on MTV and VH1. Burrell has been involved in numerous industrials for such companies as Macy’s Inc. department stores, Ford Motor Company, Intel Corporation, IBM and Tupperware Brands Corporation. Burrell is also an active member of Actor’s Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and The American Guild of Variety Artists.
His students have established careers in theatrical markets including Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, national commercials, cruise lines, theme parks, professional dance companies and several television series both in the reality and syndicated formats. He earned his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and Lawrence Rhodes and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Penn. Burrell’s current research is on the liminal rituals entering into a performative state along with exploring the queering of the male gaze in his current documentary/short dance film.
M.F.A. candidate, Wilson College, Chambersburg, Penn.
B.F.A., The Juilliard School
Jazz and tap technique; choreography