BiographyMARK ROBERT GORDON has had two successful and distinct careers: one in the entertainment field as an actor, director, model, producer, and writer; the other in public service and the legal profession.
MRG is the founder of Do Gooder Productions, a not-for-profit Off-Broadway theater company which produces in partnership with designated charities whose work parallels the subject of a given play; he has served as the company's Artistic and Executive Director since its establishment in 1994. MRG's production company The Camelback Kid has multiple projects currently in development for commercial film, Broadway, and Off-Broadway productions. He is the founder and head of S-2-S, an independent film production company that focuses upon developing and producing film and TV adaptations of stage plays. MRG has produced many Off-Broadway plays and regional productions, and has directed at several Off-Broadway and regional venues. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous Off-Broadway shows and been a critically-acclaimed player on New York's theater scene ("Expert performer"-The New York Times; "A most appealing performer"-The Arizona Republic; "Wickedly funny! Consistently clever, spontaneous, and a hoot!"-Broadway Beat (celebrity interviewer Sidney Myer)). As a model, MRG's image has been featured in numerous national and local marketing campaigns for multiple clients including Bizcom, Dr. Pepper, "The Montel Williams Show," and Broadway Live!
MRG's private law practice in the District of Columbia and New Jersey (with plans to open a New York City office in 2009) focuses upon three distinct areas of specialization: Entertainment & Intellectual Property Law, Government Relations & Political Consultation, and Not-For-Profit Law & Consultation. His entertainment clients have included Off-Broadway producers and general managers, independent film producers, publishers, actors, directors, playwrights, and screenwriters. He has worked on primary and general election campaigns for several U.S. Presidential candidates, coordinated volunteer recruitment for Presidential and gubernatorial candidates, provided service to multiple U.S. House and Senate campaigns, and worked on a number of ballot propositions; and he has assisted numerous theater organizations, Jewish agencies, at-risk youth service providers, and gay and lesbian civil rights and anti-discrimination groups.
His commitment to public and community service is reflected in several hundred hours of volunteer work. During his childhood and youth in Phoenix, he served as a "candy striper" at Phoenix Baptist Hospital, worked at various nursing homes and at Special Olympics events, participated in his synagogue's community outreach programs, and headed his high school's student volunteer group. During his collegiate years at Princeton he worked at the National Conference of Christians & Jews (NCCJ), served as a campus tour guide, and helped build homes for the poor in Trenton. Combining his public service interests with his art in forming the Off-Broadway company Do Gooder Productions, MRG helped raise funds and profiles for multiple New York City charities including Actors' Fund of America, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Committee for Hispanic Children & Families, and agencies serving at-risk gay and lesbian youth. The commitment to public service that led MRG to law school and a legal career is reflected in the hundreds of hours he has logged in pro bono representation of and service for not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and various worthy causes.
He is a published environmental scientist, as his research on the ubiquitous desert shrub creosotebush having included discovering the plant's potential curative effects on the e.coli bacteria and on several forms of athlete's foot. His research and writings on public policy matters (including the national federal budget deficit and interdistrict public school choice) have been entered into the public record as testimony before federal and state agencies. A published poet, MRG is also the author of the stage plays "H": Hamilton or Honour, My Soul is Mine: A Runaway's Story (Off-Broadway 1995), Did You Evuh?, Nevuh!, and R'fua. He wrote the screenplay for the feature film 21/2 Jews (adapted from the long-running Off-Broadway stage play of the same title) and is co-creator of a new TV sitcom "Next Case!" (a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional syndicated TV judge show).
Born and raised in Arizona, he is a product of inner-city public schools in Phoenix, and holds degrees from Princeton University (A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and Afro-American Studies), Columbia University School of Law (J.D.; AILE Scholar, pursuing undergraduate and legal degrees concurrently), and Harvard University (M.P.A., John F. Kennedy School of Government). MRG has lectured at Columbia University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. He is a member of Actors' Equity Association (EQUITY), American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), The Dramatists Guild, the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG), the American Bar Association, the D.C. Bar Association and its Arts, Entertainment, Media and Sports Law Section. In portraying Alexander Hamilton in his one-actor play Off-Broadway this season, MRG will return to the New York stage for the first time since a 1998 car-pedestrian accident permanently injured three of his limbs and his spine. MRG is currently writing Searching for a Script (a one-person autobiographical play), Storm After The Calm (a screenplay about former college friends and their disparate young professional lives), and Scars (a book about the lifelong healing process of his father from his World War II experiences and his mother and self from their painful childhood events); he is also compiling Tears of Ink, the first collection of his poems.