Mark Tymchyshyn

  • B.S., theatre, Illinois State University, 1979
  • M.F.A., acting, Wayne State University, 1981

"My father was a professor of theater at the University of Illinois, so teaching has always felt like home for me. I would run into former students of his in the professional world and they all remarked how his teaching helped them in their careers. This made quite an impact on me. He meant so much to these young actors and much of their success was due to his inspiration and guidance. When acting for television started to lose some of its glamour, I took a chance and tried teaching. I loved it. I was coming home."

Mark Tymchyshyn | Performing arts professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Grand Champion of "Star Search"; Irene Ryan National Winner, 1980


Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association

Previous Positions

Series regular, "The Gregory Hines Show"; contract player, "As the World Turns"; guest star on more than 50 television shows; recurring role on five primetime television series; actor in more than 30 commercials; acting coach in Los Angeles; lead role actor, Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Publications and presentations


  • Acting for the Camera workshops at Georgia Thespian Conference, 2011 Michigan Thespian Conference, 2009
  • Booker T. Washington High School, Savannah Arts Academy, 2009