Mark Edwards Inducted into Whitefish Bay High School Hall of Fame
Mark Edwards, Upper School drama teacher, was inducted into the Whitefish Bay High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame in December 2019. Edwards, who is a 1992 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, was recognized for his continuing professional achievements in the fine arts.
Edwards discovered his love of writing and performing as a student at UW-Madison, where he participated in local theatre outlets, specifically Broom St. Theatre. In 1999 he moved to San Francisco and founded Traveling Art Circus, which became his theatre and art exhibition company. Through Traveling Art Circus, Edwards wrote, directed and performed in a myriad full length, one act, and sketch performances. He has written roughly 17 full-length plays and musicals, combined with roughly 100 sketch and one-act pieces. While creating many works for the stage, he has worked with numerous actors from all over the country and the world. Traveling Art Circus sold out many venues and was named the best performance troupe in the Bay Area by “San Francisco Magazine.”
After moving back to Milwaukee, he began teaching middle school in St. Francis, Wisconsin. He joined University School of Milwaukee’s Middle School in 2015, and became the Upper School drama teacher in 2018. At USM, he has created a scaffolded curriculum highlighting the power of voice and character creation, directed five Broadway musicals and several plays, and written a full-length play performed by USM students.
“In essence, theatre arts have been at the center of everything that is my core for the past quarter century and will remain that for the next quarter century and beyond,” said Edwards. “The exception to that absolute ‘core’ would be my family—my wife, son, and daughter—with whom I live in Whitefish Bay.”