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Mark-Brian Sonna

Associate Critic

Having been raised in Irapuato, Mexico, He came to the world of dance at the age of 15, when as a theatre student at Arts Magnet High School, he took an intro to dance class as my PE. he was a dance major at SMU, while simultaneously having a career in professional dance. Then he retired from the world of Ballet. Along the way he managed to pick up a degree in Anthropology, Spanish, and did Master?s Studies in Medieval Spanish Literature. He continues to work as an actor, playwright, director & choreographer. In the 30 plus years he's directed, danced, choreographed, written & acted in more the 80 shows. He's translated numerous plays and written over 20 new works for the stage. He is a certified interpreter and translator and can read and translate 9 languages, some of which are defunct. He's also done films, Prime Time TV series, many commercials, and lots of voice over work. In 2004 he founded MBS Productions as an outlet to produce new works for the stage, be it world premieres, new translations, or new adaptation of classic works. His little company was even named as one of the ?top 5? theatre companies in the DFW area by WFAA in 2010. Almost every year his productions have landed on the top 10 lists of area critics. As an actor and playwright, he's received numerous nominations for my work in theatre, but is quickly becoming the Susan Lucci of the awards scene: no wins. Perhaps after his 20th or so nomination he'll get one like she did! You can read more about him at or through his agent Linda McAlister.

Past Reviewed Shows listed by most recent to oldest.

Show Theatre Company Posted
AN ILIAD Undermain Theatre 10/3/2012
ANIMAL VS. MACHINE Prism Co 4/25/2016
ART & SCIENCE Uptown Players 6/4/2014
BIG FISH Artisan Center Theater 3/8/2016
BORIS GODUNOV The Dallas Opera 4/4/2011
BUYER AND CELLER The Daum Theatre Company 1/17/2017
CHICAGO AT&T Performing Arts Center 12/20/2018
DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW Mesquite Arts Council 12/5/2012
DIRTY DISHES NTACT – North Texas Actors Collaborative Theatre 6/2/2015
EQUUS Lakeside Community Theatre 1/29/2019
FALSETTOS AT&T Performing Arts Center 2/13/2019
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS Imprint Theatreworks 1/17/2018
GODSPELL Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players 6/27/2011
GODSPELL Creative Arts School 5/5/2011
HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK Poor Yorick Productions 1/30/2019
HELLO AGAIN Uptown Players 10/8/2012
HITCHCOCK BLONDE Giant Entertainment 3/13/2018
I HATE HAMLET Lakeside Community Theatre 2/29/2016
KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN Uptown Players 8/8/2013
LA LLORONA, A LOVE STORY Bishop Arts Theatre Center 2/11/2019
LA TRAVIATA The Dallas Opera 4/20/2012
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR The Dallas Opera 10/26/2011
MAN OF LA MANCHA Theatre Frisco 8/10/2018
MORTGAGE The Basement 10/7/2014
NUNSENSE The Firehouse Theatre 3/19/2013
OUT OF STERNO Rover Dramawerks 2/18/2014
PHANTOM Artisan Center Theater 10/18/2017
PSYCHO BEACH PARTY Theatre Three 7/4/2016
RIGOLETTO The Dallas Opera 3/30/2011
ROMEO & JULIET The Dallas Opera 2/19/2011
SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR Rover Dramawerks 3/25/2014
SMILE, SMILE AGAIN Ochre House Theater 5/3/2017
SOHO CINDERS Uptown Players 6/17/2014
STOMP (National Tour) Dallas Summer Musicals 6/10/2011
SUPERIOR DONUTS Theatre Too 3/28/2012
THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE Grand Prairie Arts Council 3/21/2018
THE ASPERN PAPERS The Dallas Opera 4/17/2013
THE HAND Broken Gears Project Theatre 6/10/2011
THE MAGIC FLUTE The Dallas Opera 4/25/2012
THE MAIDEN OF THE USED BOOKS Teatro Dallas 5/16/2011
THE TRAVELING LADY WaterTower Theatre 4/10/2011
THE WHIPPING MAN African American Repertory Theater 2/11/2014
THOM PAIN (BASED ON NOTHING) Second Thought Theatre 1/22/2011
TURANDOT The Dallas Opera 4/12/2013
[TITLE OF SHOW] (clean version) The Firehouse Theatre 4/20/2016