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Mark Leslie, a self-proclaimed “foodie” who loves to cook for anyone with an appetite, works across the country in professional theatre as a stage manager. *

Every year he vacations in Italy and lives to eat his way through every plate of pasta and cone of gelato placed before him.  He shares those Italian experiences on his popular blog.

A Chicago-area native and “Yankee” by birth, Mark has lived in Alabama for over 23 years, and celebrates the fact that he started life eating farina, progressed to grits, and finally arrived at polenta.

Buonissima!

* Mark’s theatrical credits include:

Great River Shakespeare Festival, Winona, MN: COMEDY OF ERRORS and LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST.

Opera Birmingham, Birmingham, AL: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO and AIDA.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Hilton Head, SC: CABARET and EVITA.

Denver Center Theatre Company, Denver, CO:  WHITE CHRISTMAS, NOISES OFF, a reading of a new adaption of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN directed by Kathleen Marshall and authored by Dick Scanlon.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL:  Resident stage manager on over 65 productions, including THE BIRD SANCTUARY starring Hayley Mills and Elizabeth Franz.

Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, Louisville, KY: D. BOONE by Marsha Norman.

Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson, AZ:  AMADEUS, LOOT, and AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ directed by Arthur Faria

Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, ME: PHANTOM, SOUTH PACIFIC, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and the world premiere of CHAMBERLAIN.

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