Mark Ridge holds theatre degrees from Vincennes University and The University of Evansville, where he won the campus playwriting competitions for two consecutive years. As a director, his production of THE GREAT NEBULA IN ORION was selected to showcase at the American College Theatre Festival and earned both cast members Irene Ryan nominations. His additional directing credits include BEDROOM FARCE, DICK AND JANE and GRACELAND. A graduate of The Second City Actor Training Program, Mark has appeared in shows with the Shawnee Professional Theatre Company, The Court Theatre and was a founding member of The Griffin Theatre Company in Chicago. Mark is currently an Actors' Equity Membership Candidate, a proud member of the Pee Wee Herman Fan Club and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. As a playwright, he has been inspired by Tennessee Williams (for his brilliant use of language), Neil Simon (for his brilliant use of humor), and Penny Sycamore (who wrote plays simply because a typewriter was delivered to her home by mistake). Mark's plays include RUSSIAN ROULETTE, OUT WITH A BANG, SOMETHING STRANGE IS HAPPENING AT THE C.C.&C., YOUR CHEATIN' HEART & MY FRIDAY NIGHT BLUES and BESTSELLER. After a nearly 25 year break spent working in the Chicago film industry, Mark is excited to resume working in the theatre. His recent works include EUPHORIA and KILLING KITTENS, which was recently produced by Theatre on the Square in Indianapolis, Indiana and received a staged reading by La Strada Ensemble Theatre in New Jersey as part of the 2015 Pride Month Rainbow Reading Series . Currently, he is working on a musical parody 43rd Street.