Artistic Director, Assistant Professor and Head of the Theater Arts Program at Arcadia
Mark Wade is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama in Acting, and The Neighborhood
Playhouse (where he studied with American acting legend Sanford Meisner). Acting and
directing credits include work for The Westport Country Playhouse, The Long Wharf
Theater, and Trinity Repertory Theater. He spent five years as a creative consultant
for Joanne Woodward, and produced with her two television movies for the Hallmark
Hall of Fame. Wade assisted director Lloyd Richards on the Hallmark Hall of Fame’s
television adaptation of The Piano Lesson by August Wilson. He directed the New York
premiere of The Sirens by Darrah Cloud. At Arcadia, Wade has directed The Laramie
Project, Keely and Du, Hearsay (a world premiere written by Kathryn Petersen), The
Love of the Nightingale, The Wind in the Willows, Home (a regional finalist and recipient
of multiple awards including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Ensemble Acting
by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival), and an all-female version of
Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
Wade has taught classes at The Wilma Theater Studio, and The University of the Arts.
He directed Home and The Pillars of Society at The University of the Arts. He taught
acting for 10 years at Wesleyan University in Middletown Connecticut. He moved
to Philadelphia 10 years ago with his wife, Kelly, and is the proud dad of two boys:
Jamieson and Grayson.