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Mark Deliman

Born: Marek Deliman

Mark grew up in Europe, in the southeastern part of Poland. At the tail end of the communist regime, Mark’s mother moved his family to Chicago, along with his older sister Monika and younger brother Albert.  His favorite childhood activity was climbing trees and often spending hours on end playing outside with his friends.  Mark’s first taste of performing in front of people began early on in various school productions and poetry recitals. 


He was introduced to live theater by his grandmother and was spellbound every time he watched a live performance.  Every summer, Mark’s grandmother would take him to see a traveling circus show, fueling his desire to join the performers.  He eventually went on to study theater in college, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  When he was 19, he lived in London and worked with a theater troupe, traveling all over England with the Classic Reaction Theatre Company.  This experience not only solidified his passion for acting but also gave him a new appreciation for theater arts.  During his university years, Mark enjoyed performing in musicals and plays while studying the Stanislavski method of acting – the foundation of his formal training.  He soon realized there were other methods used to develop a character and began training with various teachers in Chicago, London, and Los Angeles, including Steve Scott from the Goodman Theater, Tony Award-winning director Dennis Zacek from the Victory Gardens Theater, and award-winning London director Michael Fry, picking up new skills and ways of creating a role and learning more about himself as an actor. 


Mark continues to perform on stage while working on numerous film and tv productions.  He’s often attracted to dark-edged, offbeat roles, and finds intelligent but troubled characters more interesting than playing it straight.  He looks for roles that either represent the peripheries of social etiquette and behavior or the everyday person with a dark underlining BUT he's always game for a few good laughs.  Mark’s favorite roles to date include playing Stanislaw Gordon in "In Reverie", Skelley in Lanford Wilson’s "The Rimers of Eldritch" and Steve Culverhouse in "The Glory of Living" by Rebecca Gilman. 

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