Marcus-OvertonMarcus Overton made his professional debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s Richard III in 1965, with Atlanta’s Southeastern Shakespeare Festival. In the 50 years since, he has regularly crossed disciplinary lines to work as an actor, stage director, teacher/coach and arts manager in theatre, opera, dance and music. A graduate of Northwestern University’s famed theatre department where he studied with Alvina Krause, he has directed everything from Greek classics (Euripides’ Hippolytus for Grass Root Greeks in San Diego) to such classic American musicals as Kiss Me, Kate for Chicago’s North Shore Theatre Company, with assignments in Moliere, Chekhov, Ibsen and Shaw along the way, as well as major works in both the Italian and German opera repertory (Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and La boheme (with Luciano Pavarotti), Verdi’s La Traviata, Beethoven’s Fidelio and Strauss’ Elektra). His administrative resume includes Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Ravinia Festival, Senior Program Manager for Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution and the General Manager’s post at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston.