Mark MacRae is a versatile actor, singer, musician and filmmaker who’s performed on stages around the globe.
A native Frederictonian who’s now based in Toronto, Mark has enjoyed making music and hamming it up all of his life. He started taking piano lessons at the age of four and grew up watching Mr. Dressup every day on TV. The famous childrens’ entertainer certainly inspired Mark’s love of dressing up and playing make-believe – though unfortunately he’s never been able to draw nearly as well as Mr. Dressup could.
Like most Canadian boys he loved playing hockey, but in Jr. High he was also a total band geek (and even won an award for it in grade nine). It was in High School where he found his love of musical theatre in the FHS production: “The Wiz”. Soon after he successfully auditioned for the song and dance troupe Characters Incorporated and spent three seasons touring Eastern Canada, Europe and the USA as a lead singer, performing in over 100 shows a year.
Despite all that great experience from his youth, Mark thought he’d need to get a “real” job someday; after earning a Bachelor of Computer Science from UNB, he worked as an IT consultant for a couple years before the lure of the stage got him for good. He’d been singing bass in a five-man a cappella group that he and a few friends formed in Fredericton to make some money on the side playing mostly bars and hotel patios. When a cruise line offered them a year-long deal to perform one night a week while floating around the Caribbean, Alaska and Europe, it was a no-brainer. Drop everything and go.
That experience was illuminating. He’s never been able to go back to a desk job full-time and now truly loves what does for a living. Since “turning pro”, Mark has appeared in musical theatre productions in both Canada and the USA. He’s voiced national advertising campaigns, and his short films have played in festivals across North America. Mark is an avid sailor and hockey fan. He feels very lucky and blessed to have the support of the most amazing family and greatest friends, period.