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Chief Executive Officer

Local Address: California, United States
Netreva , Inc
 
Background

Employment History

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Education

  • Writing Program graduate
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MIT
  • MIT's Sloan School of Management
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Reviews for Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues), the one-man play by Michael Mack
www.michaelmacklive.com, 2 Dec 2013 [cached]
Michael Mack performing Hearing Voices Speaking in Tongues
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Michael Mack performing Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues
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Widely acclaimed for its lyric portrait of his mother's life with schizophrenia, Michael Mack's one-man play Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues has received a wealth of praise...
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"In his beautiful, compelling memoir, Mack switches seamlessly between past and present voices. Graphic, fragmented, and honest, Mack gracefully enlightens."
-Minneapolis Skyway News
"Searing metaphors.... Schizophrenia shattered his family, but Michael Mack recalls love and spirit."
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"Poignant, funny, sad, raucous, tender and very skillfully performed, Michael Mack's Hearing Voices deserves wide attention."
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"Michael Mack's narratives about his mother's mental illness have brought tears of sadness and joy to many people. I have attended several performances and can say without reservation that Michael is an artist par excellence.
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"Mack's wonderfully compelling and moving performance reveals special insights into the lives of those with mental illness."
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"A rich and moving window into the lives of families struggling with major mental illness, Michael Mack's deeply human presentation brought a vivid, powerful experience to our National Conference."
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"Michael Mack's brilliant and courageous one-man drama is the most powerful and unique form of art I have ever experienced."
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"Michael Mack's stunning one-man drama gives an intimate portrait of family dynamics. More than a story about mental illness, Mack's work is universal."
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"Michael Mack is a most gifted poet and performing artist.
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"We received Michael Mack's remarkable and touching work with rave reviews and a sense of awe."
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"Michael Mack is magic.
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© Michael Mack 2006-
Mass Poetry Festival -
masspoetry.crowdvine.com, 22 April 2012 [cached]
Michael Mack
After serving in the US Air Force as an aircraft crew chief, Michael Mack worked a variety of factory and labor jobs before returning to school and graduating from the Writing Program at MIT. Mack has performed at the US Library of Congress, Yale University, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, and many other venues. His work has aired on NPR, and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cumberland Poetry Review, and is featured in Best Catholic Writing 2005 and 2007.
Attendees, among them Mayor Pete Aguilar ...
iebroadband.com, 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Attendees, among them Mayor Pete Aguilar of Redlands, John Empey of BSE, and Michael Mack of Netreva
Press Release: Michael Mack finds poetry in mother's schizophrenia
www.michaelmacklive.com, 25 Mar 2007 [cached]
For over a decade, Boston-based solo performer Michael Mack has been preaching a kind of gospel. The good news? His mother's recovery from schizophrenia, as told in his one-man play Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues .
Mack was five years old when his mother was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, and his 80-minute performance chronicles her decades-long odyssey through psychosis into redemption.
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"My mother's illness profoundly shaped me," Mack said.
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Mack thinks of the show as "a kind of calling. It chose me." After serving in the US Air Force, Mack enrolled at MIT's prestigious Sloan School of Management, expecting to major in business science. He took a poetry class for elective credit -- "I needed an easy A" -- but the course changed his life. Childhood memories poured onto the page as poems.
Encouraged by his mentor, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Maxine Kumin, and by Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, Mack changed majors and graduated from MIT's Writing Program.
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In Boston's thriving poetry scene, Mack became a poetry slam champion, and represented Boston at the National Poetry Slam in 1998 and 1999.
An audience member at a Cambridge venue invited Mack to share his work at a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Word spread, and soon he was presenting at statewide and national mental health conferences for NAMI and other mental health organizations.
His is in demand especially during National Mental Health Month (May) and Mental Illness Awareness Week (in October), using the annual observances to raise public awareness about mental illness, and to help reduce misunderstanding and stigma.
In additional to traditional theatrical engagements -- including a six week run Off-Off-Broadway -- Mack now performs regularly for mental health professionals and consumers, including those with chronic illness at state hospitals.
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Asked about A Beautiful Mind , the Oscar-winning film about MIT Professor and Nobel Laureate John Nash, whose brilliant career in mathematics was cut short by schizophrenia, Mack said, "The movie's strength is that it portrays someone with mental illness in more than the usual stereotype.
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Michael Mack performing Hearing Voices (Speaking in Tongues)
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When Michael Mack was five, his mother chopped off her hair and walked him to the school bus believing she was the Virgin Mary.
As she cried uncontrollably Mack boarded the bus alone, and another boy asked, "Who was that man with you crying so hard? Mack insisted he did not know.
He wasn't kidding. Mack's mother had recently been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
This scene from Mack's one-man lyric drama Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues opens the story of his life with his mother, who spent decades in and out of state hospitals, halfway houses, jails and homelessness until she found a remarkable recovery in a state-funded group home.
Mack is performing eight (8) engagements in different New England venues in April and May of 2010 to honor his mother's life and recovery, and to focus attention on the ongoing need for mental health services in a time of budget cuts.
Michael Mack - who for over a decade has toured nationally with his acclaimed multi-character one-man show - portrays the helplessness and embarrassment, but also the joy and love he knew as a child growing up with a parent diagnosed with a major mental illness.
In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Cambridge/Middlesex, Saint Paul Catholic Church , the Grolier Poetry Bookshop , and many other organizations, Mack is launching this campaign of shows in April and May (National Mental Health Month) to underscore how mental illness affects patients and their families, and how state funding can help.
One out of every five families has a family member with a major mental illness, Mack said. Mama wouldn't have found the recovery she had without help from state agencies and programs like those now facing cuts. Millions of families depend on these services for their loved ones.
In his 90-minute lyric memoir, Mack plays himself, his mother, her doctor, his father, and even Frank Sinatra (Mack's mom was a fan) portraying his family's decades-long struggle until his mother found recovery in an outstanding state-supported group home.
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Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues began with a poetry class Mack took while enrolled at MIT's Sloan School of Management.
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© Michael Mack 2006-
Michael ...
masspoetry.crowdvine.com [cached]
Michael Mack
After serving in the US Air Force as an aircraft crew chief, Michael Mack worked a variety of factory and labor jobs before returning to school and graduating from the Writing Program at MIT. Mack has performed at the US Library of Congress, Yale University, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, and many other venues. His work has aired on NPR, and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cumberland Poetry Review, and is featured in Best Catholic Writing 2005 and 2007.
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