Older Bio, but gives you the idea:
Having directed numerous theatrical productions in Chicago for over 10 years, "The Thirsting" marks Vadik's writing and directorial debut in feature film. His recent stage adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III, performed at The Bailiwick Arts Center in Chicago, was named as "One of the top 10 Must Sees" for the 2004 Theater season in Chicago by Windy City Times. The Chicago Tribune has favorably compared his work and style with Sir Peter Brooks of the Royal Shakespeare Company of London and Thomas Falls, Artistic Director of Chicago's Goodman Theater. Mark Vadik was first recognized as one of the America's "aspiring under-ground writers" in the early 90s when his poetry was featured on 60 Minutes. Additionally, he has had several original stage plays produced, including: "Closures", "American Manhood - Boxed In and Strung Out", "Old Soldiers Don't Like Rain". He has directed numerous commercials and music videos. Most recently he co-produced the music video "Hello" for the European techno band "Scooter". He received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago.