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Mark A. Gamma

Owner

Newburgh Actors Studio

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County Players Inc


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Screen Actors Guild Inc

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Our Friends, Supporters, Sponsors & Donors | Newburgh Prep

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Newburgh Actors Studio - Mark Gamma


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If so, join in on our Theater Programs, hosted by Mark Gamma, principal of the Newburgh Actors Studio.
Mark will take you on excursions to the Black Box Theatre where you can have the full theatre experience and perform on stage for parents and peers. Keep checking back for any new performing arts programs here at NAUC


Meet a Newburgher | Newburgh RestorationNewburgh Restoration

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Mark A. Gamma, the owner of the Newburgh Actors Studio at 784 Broadway.
Here we take a look at somebody who is putting a lot of his own personal effort in trying to make the Newburgh art scene shine from its former glory. Local efforts like these need to [...]


Hudson Valley Life - Theater Dude

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Mark Gamma returns to his routes: Newburgh and the stage
It's Monday afternoon, and Mark Gamma is on his hands and knees putting the final painting touches on a piece of stage scenery. A few minutes ago he was fielding phone calls for ticket reservations. In the next hour, he will be running through his character's lines for the play he wrote, "Newburgh: The Sixth Borough. The adage "If you build it, they will come," is ringing true for Gamma, who took a chance to return to a passion he just couldn't avoid. "Acting is the truest art form there is out there," explains Gamma, as he continues to paint. "It's holding up a mirror and seeing who we really are." Gamma is undeniably a theater person. It's been in his blood since he was a young child, singing at age three while acting at five. Represented by Fox Talent Agency, he regularly performed at the three big Newburgh theaters, the Ritz, Broadway and Cameo. Suddenly, Gamma's early entertainment success declined. Life took a new turn, and Gamma went into the car sales business, while dabbling in construction and real estate on the side. The occasional acting gig surfaced (an extra on a television show or a commercial spot). However, life's responsibilities set in as he got married and started a family. Intermittent acting gigs simply would not pay the bills or provide the needed benefits, while his wife Lorraine stayed home to raise their two children, Daniel and Lauren. As the kids grew, Lorraine returned to college, and earned a teaching certificate in math. Before long, she secured a position at a local junior high. Gamma, who continued to work in sales, slowly secured and renovated more real estate. He was also began to view life differently. "Life is very short; you have to do what you love," said Gamma. A few years ago, while in Manhattan, Gamma got the inspiration to do just that. He visited Studio Dante, a small theater owned by Sopranos star, Michael Imperioli. "I was just shocked by the simplicity of the place," recalls Gamma, his eyes lighting up. "I remember right then thinking I can do something like this too; it is possible." When Gamma saw a small, quaint building, situated behind Electrolux Vacuum Store on Route 17K in Newburgh, he felt this could be the home of his new theater. Already the owner of some surrounding buildings on that Broadway West End spot, Gamma decided to take a gamble and purchase the building. With his construction background, the handy Gamma was able to renovate the entire place. After several months of hard labor, the Newburgh Actor's Studio was born, along with the birth of Gamma's "new" midlife career path. "I was very lucky to be able to build this. My wife was a teacher and we could use her benefits," said Gamma. "It was a little scary at first. Being able to work for myself, I felt like I was controlling my destiny and not having to depend on anyone else." Gamma quickly learned how much responsibility owning a business entails. A theater, in particular, requires constant attention. "I'm basically a one-man show here," said Gamma, a member of the Screen Actor's Guild since 1999. "I build my scenery, take care of the marketing, act in the productions, take the ticket sales…It never ends. But I'm doing what I love, so I don't mind the work at all." Gamma sits on his 17-by-13-foot stage, lit up by lights he installed himself. Facing him are 50 neatly lined up chairs that compose the intimate black box theater spot. Technically, a black box theater is a simple, undecorated theater that seats less than 100 and with black walls and ceiling. Behind the chairs is a small sound studio, also constructed and frequently operated by Gamma. The studio's lobby is in sharp contrast to the simplicity of its theater. Filled with a hodgepodge of colorful paraphernalia, it contains a wedding picture of Gamma's parents, an array of mime masks, a photograph of Gamma with Robert Deniro and several framed articles about the Studio and its owner, along with rave reviews on its productions. I have seen the potential in its rich history which it still can have with live theater," recalls Gamma. "Newburgh is just starving for a place like this. But for Gamma, it's not just about having the theater. He can smell success. Initially, the shows were slow in coming. Now with a steady director, some regular actors, and rising support, Gamma is ready for much more. "I'm looking to bang out one successful show after another, never having a lapse in quality," says Gamma, as he surveys the Studio's lobby. "Beyond that, I want the place to be here long after I'm here, when my family will be taking it over." Two more shows are already slated for the early spring: "Four Dogs and a Bone" and "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. Gamma is already trying to configure where he will seat his expected sold out crowds. His last production was sold out days ahead of time with ticketless playgoers still filling the lobby, hoping to grab a last-minute extra ticket. "This is amazing," says an elated Gamma, referring to the steadily increasing interest with each production he stages. What advice he would give to someone thinking of changing careers mid-life? "It's okay to be afraid. In fact, it's very normal," says Gamma, who had to adjust to not going to the car dealership every Saturday. "But it's important to know it's just never too late to follow your passion. Gamma adds, "It's a lot of hard work and there are obstacles along the way, but when it works the way you want it to, nothing is better or more invigorating."


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Onscreen there's Terry Sandler, Weiss' former drama teacher at Newburgh Free Academy; Weiss's brother Ian; and Mark Gamma, owner of Newburgh Actors' Studio, a brand-new 50-seat black box theater.


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