Marc interviewed with David Lindsay- Abaire, Gordon Greenberg and Jessica Blank in TDF STAGES about "Waiting For The Host" and how four playwrights are finding way to create during the pandemic
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Marc is a university professor, bestselling author, playwright, actor and NCAA baseball coach. In 2023 he was awarded a Citation of Honor by the Office of the Borough President of Queens, New York City. He is the recipient of Mercy University's 2023 Outstanding Research Award, as well as the 2022 Faculty Innovation Award. He is also the recipient of the Jerome Lowell DeJur Award from The City College of New York's MFA in Creative Writing.
Marc's memoir, She Danced With Lightning (Post Hill Press) was released in August of 2022. It continues to regularly sit as the #1 Amazon bestseller in its category (Children's Health/Epilepsy). See the book's page.
Marc's plays include Poor Fellas, Carl The Second, Levittown, The Groundling, and Waiting For The Host, all of which are published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. His collection of middle school plays, S(cool) Days, is published by Brooklyn Publishers. Waiting For The Host premiered out of Penn Stage Centre Stage in April 2020 directed by Rick Lombardo. It was the first American professionally produced play to premiere online. TDF Stages wrote: "...a comedic show within a show...The brainchild of NYC-based playwright Marc Palmieri, the play just may be the first full-length work written for our new surreality.” The show was then produced at The Red House Arts (directed by Hunter Foster). Broadway World wrote: “Waiting For the Host...allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining...It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter; exactly what theater is supposed to do.” The play continued to have multiple productions (on the live stage as well) across the country and beyond, making its Hawaiian debut at Manoa Valley Theatre and international debut with Singapore's Pangdemonium Theatre Company.
Described by The New York Times as "half comedy, half tragedy," Marc's play The Groundling was workshopped and presented at South Coast Repertory's 2012 NewSCRipts Series and at The Lark Play Development Center, NYC. Marc directed the 2015 world premiere at Axis Co. in NYC. Theatremania called the show "One of the surprise downtown gems of the season."
Critic Neil Genzlinger wrote in his New York Times "Critic's Pick" review, "You won't stop watching for a second," of the 2009 Off-Broadway production of Marc's play Levittown at Theatre at Saint Clements. The play was first workshopped presented at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre's Exposure Festival in 2004 (directed by Thomas Kail), premiering in full production at Axis Theatre in 2006 (directed by George Demas).
Marc has published prose in Fiction (Issue 59 and Issue 64), The Global City Review (Issue 24), (Re) An Ideas Journal. He has published one-act plays, scenes and monologues in numerous anthologies with Smith & Kraus, Inc. and Applause Books.
As an actor, Marc has worked with Axis Company, Classic Stage Company, The Culture Project, Gorilla Rep, The Directors Company, Tectonic Theatre Project and many others. He played the lead role in David Maquiling's critically acclaimed feature film Too Much Sleep, which was distributed theatrically by Shooting Gallery, Inc. in 2001, by Starz Encore for TV and nominated for an IFP Spirit Award in 2002, and is being re-released on Blu Ray and for streaming by Whole Grain Pictures in 2024. The movie is being re-released on Blu-Ray and on all streaming venues by Whole Grain Pictures in 2024. He has done national commercials for Verizon, Toyota, Macy's, Heineken, Burger King, Microsoft, NY Lottery, Nike, Pizza Hut and others. Marc is a fully vested member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He is a company member and resident dramaturge of the Drama Desk-nominated Axis Company.
Marc wrote the screenplay for Miramax Films' 1999 feature, Telling You, starring Peter Facinelli and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He also directed a short film version of Shakespeare's Sonnet #138 for The Shakespeare Exchange's Sonnet Project and wrote and directed the web series The Thing at www.theplayis.com .
Marc is an Assistant Professor at the School of Liberal Arts at Mercy University in Dobbs Ferry, NY, where he has taught courses in Shakespeare, film history, performance, playwriting and communications. Since 2011 Marc has also been the Kowald guest faculty member teaching playwriting , screenwriting and dramatic adaptation in the Creative Writing MFA Program at The City College of New York.
Marc received a B.A. in Speech, Communications and Theatre Arts from Wake Forest University and both an M.A. and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The City College of New York.
In 1989 Marc was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of high school. He elected to accept an athletic scholarship to Wake Forest University, where he graduated the second winningest pitcher in program history. Marc served as varsity pitching coach at Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, coaching for 14 years. He is currently a coach for Next Level Baseball, and the NCAA Division II Mercy University Maverick's pitching coach.
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