Mark “Coach” Mineart



Cowan Hall 09

Associate Professor
Department of Theatre & Dance

Mark has been a successful member of the professional theatre community for over 30 years, working as an actor, director, and fight director. Mark has appeared on and off Broadway with such stars as Denzel Washington and Kelsey Grammer as well as worked at many of the nation’s most well respected and award-winning regional theatres. Classically trained, he has portrayed many of the great characters of world theatre, among them Cyrano de Bergerac, Macbeth, Long John Silver in Treasure Island, and Lennie in Of Mice & Men. He has created roles in almost a dozen world premiere productions by such playwrights as Jane Martin and Eric Cobble, and even had roles written for him by multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award-winner Arthur Kopit. In 2009 he relocated to Frankfurt, Germany and appeared in such films as What A Man and Iron Sky in addition to working as a performance capture artist for the blockbuster video games Crysis II, Bullet Storm, and NCIS: The Game. In 2011 he shifted the primary focus of his career to teaching and, prior to coming to Otterbein, served as Associate Professor and Head of the Acting Curriculum at The American University in Cairo.


  • MFA, University of Delaware, 1992. Professional Theatre Training Program.
  • Professional Apprenticeship, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1989.
  • BFA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1988. Acting & Directing.

Research, Creative, & Professional Work

  • Plays of Heightened Language
  • Storytelling for the Screen
  • Audio Theatre
  • Theatre as Public Service
  • Theatrical Photography
  • Acting  Teaching
  • Acting Shakespeare Teaching
  • Acting Styles Teaching
  • Acting for TV & Film Teaching
  • Directing Teaching
  • Stage Combat Teaching
  • The Business of ‘The Business'

Affiliations & Awards

  • Actor's Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA
  • Stage Directors and Choreographers Association
  • Society of American Fight Directors
  • British Shakespeare Association
  • Recipient of the Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Scholarship for the study of Advanced Stage Combat Techniques.
  • Recipient of multiple skill and performance awards from the Society of American Fight Directors.