Mark P. Alexander earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting & Economics from Rutgers University in his native New Jersey. Early experience in the for-profit business world with a variety of Fortune 500 corporations served as training ground for the formidable task of financial management in the not-for-profit world of the performing arts. In 1991, led by his passion for the arts, he began his career at Ruth Eckerd Hall, a 2,173 seat performing arts center located in Clearwater, Florida, and distinguished himself immediately by leading two highly successful membership fund raising campaigns and creating a variety of community-based special projects. Through 9+ years of service as Director of Education & Community Affairs and for a nine month period as Interim Executive Director at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Mr. Alexander was deeply involved with and created numerous arts education and arts-related outreach programs for underserved youth in the Tampa Bay area, which at its height, served over 120,000 youth and families annually.
Before joining Palm Beach State College as the Director of the 700-seat Duncan Theatre and 122-seat Stage West on its Lake Worth Campus, Mr. Alexander spent 2 years on the East End of Long Island, New York as the Executive Director of the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. During this time the WHBPAC expanded its schedule to include year-round concerts and events; broadened its offerings for youth and families; began its summer residency projects for young people; and forged highly successful community partnerships with other Suffolk County arts institutions.
As Director of the Duncan Theatre since December 2001, Mr. Alexander is responsible for the daily operation of the Theatre complex including the programming, budgeting, grant writing, fund-raising and marketing of each season’s Professional Guest Artist Series; community access to the Theatres; and over 250 college-based events each year. In April 2016, Mr. Alexander was promoted to Executive Director – Palm Beach State College Theatres overseeing all three performing arts centers on the various PBSC campuses.