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Mark Majarian

Mark Majarian, B.A., M.F.A.

Theater Arts, Fine Arts

Email: mmajarian@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: 714-484-7205

Office Hours : Monday 10am.-12 noon Tuesday 1:30-3pm.

Location: Fine Arts, first floor



I have been learning from students and teaching at Cypress College for over thirty years. My students and I received the OC Weekly Best of 2008 for our Cypress College New Play Festival. I am certified to teach the Eric Morris system of acting.

My notable playwright collaborations have been with Doug Cooney’s Long Story Short which won the KC/ACTF regional design award and was invited as an "Invitational Scene" for the Region VIII, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Also, Mickey Birnbaum’s "Big Death Little Death" (developed during the 2002 Cypress New Play Festival) which opened the inaugural 2005-06 season of the Wooly Mammoth Theater Company (in Washington D. C.). Mickey’s other play, "Bleed Rail," (developed during the 2004 Cypress New Play Festival) was performed at the Theater @ Boston Court in Pasadena. Other notable past collaborations were with Cody Henderson whose play, "Cold Tender" won the 2002 OC Weekly award, Annie Weisman’s "Be Aggressive" which was produced at the La Jolla Playhouse in 2001 and Robert Glaudini’s "Poison Tree" which was produced by the Mark Taper Forum in 2001. We produced Alice Tuan's "mALL" in 1997. Alice currently heads the Writing for Performance Program at Califiornia Institute of the Arts.  Michael Golamco’s play "Year Zero" which went on to premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in the fall 2009 and the McGinn/Cazale Theater in NYC in the spring of 2010.

A good number of my students have gone on to professional studies with schools such as: UC Santa Barbara & San Diego, CSU Fullerton, Chapman College, Hunter College, New York University, Circle in the Square (NYC), California Institute of the Arts, Eric Morris Actors Workshop, and the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. Two of my recent students attended a summer new play develoment workshop at Vassar college with the Academy Award winning screenwriter and playwright, John Patrick Shanley.


Recommended Course

THEA Directing for the Theater

The director’s purpose in the theater will be examined through current craft approaches and through a historical context. Practical experience in directing through class projects will be stressed. Admission to theater performances not to exceed $50.00.


  • Eric Morris Actors Workshop
    The Eric Morris System allows the actor to bring to each role the uniqueness of his or her own individual personality and talent. Eric Morris has been teaching his unique acting system in Los Angeles, New York, all over the United States, and around the world for fifty three years.
  • Kirk Douglas Theater
    The Kirk Douglas Theater is an extension of the Center Theater Group in Los Angeles and the Mark Taper Forum. It is a professional theater in Los Angeles that produces new plays, performance works from major venues nationally.