March 5, 2021
Mark Brotherton gestures enthusiastically outward from a stage.

Mark Brotherton has an impressive resume after 25 years contributing to Central Florida stages, having directed, acted in and coached for more than 90 productions at the university and its partner organizations. But his lasting impact is seen in the students he mentored, the lessons he instilled, the jokes he shared and the heart he brought to every interaction he had.

Brotherton, an associate professor in theatre performance, came to UCF from the University of Oklahoma, where he directed and performed in numerous productions and coordinated the SummerWind Arts Festival, which produced more than 100 different art and performance events over a ten-day period.

Brotherton also worked as an actor in New York City and throughout the country, but his heart was in teaching his students.

Mark Brotherton performs in Titanic the Musical as the captain next to student Austin Branks

“Mark lived and breathed his students and theatre. He was the true embodiment of a theatre spirit. Whenever he and I talked, he was always scheming about ways to make the show he was directing better, or his classes better, or how to help a student that was having problems, or about a classic play he loved. He made us laugh, and loved to talk about his ideas for something new, a new play to direct, scenes to assign his students. He literally taught up to the last minute he could.  Hopefully he will keep teaching us as we remember his words, his plays, his amazing performances and his friendship.” -Michael Wainstein, UCF School of Performing Arts

“Mark’s passing leaves a huge hole in the theatre program. He was an inspiring theatre artist and dedicated teacher who mentored many generations of students. He was fierce and gentle, demanding and nurturing, honest and kind, funny and serious. He expected the best from his students and colleagues and always led by example. He left us many artistic gifts; as we are grieving Mark’s death, we are also celebrating his remarkable contributions to the department, university, and theatre. Mark’s art and personality made the world a richer and kinder place.” -Julia Listengarten, Theatre UCF Artistic Director

If you were unable to attend the memorial celebration of Mark, you can click here to watch the recording.

Read Mark’s obituary from Orlando Sentinel

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mark Brotherton’s memory to the UCF School of Performing Arts – Theatre Department. To donate, go to the UCF Foundation Giving Page: Type in “Theatre Department” in the Search for a Fund box. For tribute information, type in “In memory of Mark Brotherton.”

Or mail checks to the UCF Advancement Office:
UCF Foundation
12424 Research Parkway, Suite 250
Orlando, FL 32826
*Note in the memo portion of the check that the gift is for “Theatre Department – in memory of Mark Brotherton”.

Mark Brotherton performs with a student in Lion in Winter dressed as a king.

Mark Brotherton’s UCF Credits

Much Ado About Nothing; Director; Fall 2020

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder; Director; Fall 2019

Titanic: The Musical; Actor; Spring 2019

Staged Reading Inspired by “Station Eleven”; Director; Spring 2019

Of Mice and Men; Director; Fall 2019

Staged Reading “Refugee Plays”; Director; Spring 2018

Boy Gets Girl; Actor; Spring 2018

Of Thee I Sing; Director; Fall 2017

The Lion in Winter; Actor; Summer 2017

Staged Reading “The Grapes of Wrath”; Director; Spring 2017

Almost, Maine; Director; Spring 2016

The Understudy; Director; Fall 2015

Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up; Actor; Summer 2015

Kiss of the Spider Woman; Director; Spring 2014

Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont; Director; Fall 2014

The Music Man; Director; Spring 2013

Boeing Boeing; Director; Summer 2013

Spring Awakening; Actor; Spring 2013

Good Boys and True; Director; Fall 2012

Bury the Dead; Director; Spring 2012

Barefoot in the Park; Director; Summer 2011

The Chimes; Actor; Fall 2010

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Actor; Summer 2010

Doubt; Director; Fall 2009

Dear Santa (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director; Fall 2009

Greater Tuna; Actor; Summer 2009

The Chimes; Actor; Spring 2009

The Lark; Actor; Spring 2009

It’s a Wonderful Life; Director; Fall 2007

Most Happy Fella; Dialect Coach; Fall 2007

Summerstage 2008; Artistic Director; Summer 2007

Cabaret; Director; Summer 2007

Noises Off; Director; Fall 2006

Thomas Edison Invents (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Actor; Fall 2006

Act Reading Series (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Coordinator; Spring 2006

You Can’t Take It With You (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director; Spring 2006

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress; Dialect Coach; Spring 2006

The Boyfriend; Dialect Coach; Fall 2005

The Moon Is Blue (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Actor (Reading); Fall 2005

Hello Out There (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director (Reading); Fall 2005

Act Reading Series (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Coordinator; Fall 2005

Pippin; Actor; Summer 2005

The Diary of Anne Frank (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Coordinator; Spring 2005

The Visit; Director; Spring 2005

Act Reading Series (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Coordinator; Spring 2005

A Christmas Carol (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director; Fall 2004

Blithe Spirit; Dialect Coach; Fall 2004

Merton of the Movies (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director (Reading); Fall 2004

Bury the Dead (Orlando Rep. Theatre); Director (Reading); Fall 2004

Othello (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); Actor; Spring 2004

Rivers Run Deep; Actor (Reading); Spring 2004

Edward III (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); Actor (Staged Reading); Spring 2004

Misalliance; Actor; Fall 2003

Misalliance; Dialect Coach; Fall 2003

Steel Magnolias; Director; Fall 2003

The Gin Game; Director; Summer 2003

The Antigone Project; Actor; Summer 2003

The Balcony Scene; Director; Spring 2003

The Merry Wives of Windsor; Actor; Fall 2002

The Lady’s Not for Burning; Actor; Summer 2002

Laundry and Bourbon; Director; Summer 2002

Lonestar; Director; Summer 2002

Look Homeward, Angel; Director; Spring 2002

Ain’t Misbehavin; Director; Fall 2001

Snips; Actor (Staged Reading); Fall 2001

The Nerd; Actor; Summer 2001

I Love My Wife; Director; Summer 2001

Lu Ann Hampton; Dialect Coach; Spring 2001

Crazy for You; Director; Spring 2001

Glengarry Glen Ross; Actor; Fall 2000

Something’s Afoot; Dialect Coach; Fall 2000

You Can’t Take It With You; Dialect Coach; Fall 2000

Out of Order; Dialect Coach; Summer 2000

Orphans; Director; Summer 2000

Tintypes; Actor; Summer 2000

Anything Goes; Director; Spring 2000

Amadeus; Actor; Fall 1999

The Importance of Being Earnest; Dialect Coach; Fall 1999

Sabrina Fair; Actor; Summer 1999

Equus; Director/Actor; Summer 1999

Big River; Actor; Spring 1999

Pericles (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); Director (Staged Reading); Spring 1999

Butterfingers Angel; Director; Fall 1998

Run for Your Wife; Actor; Summer 1998

The Cardigans; Director; Summer 1998

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Actor; Spring 1998

King John (Orlando Shakespeare Festival); Director (Staged Reading) Coordinator/Director; Spring 1998

Fall Student Showcase; Coordinator/Director; Fall 1997

Laughter on the 23rd Floor; Actor; Fall 1997

Noises Off; Dialect Coach; Fall 1997

Round and Round the Garden; Director; Summer 1997

Table Manners; Director; Summer 1997

Welcome to Andromeda; Advisor; Spring 1997

Eleemosynary; Advisor; Spring 1997

Children of a Lesser God; Director; Spring 1997

Bury the Dead; Advisor; Fall 1996

Private Wars; Advisor; Fall 1996