Mark Howard

Mark Howard

For more than three decades, this Emmy Award-winning choreographer has been striving for and achieving that which is profoundly significant and equally difficult to attain—the transcendence of craft to art and the synthesis of forms to create something that is forward-looking and new. His work maintains integrity while simultaneously going beyond the framework of ethnicity to carve new traditions.

 

Born in Yorkshire, England, and raised in Chicago, Howard began his dancing career at 8 years old at the Dennehy School of Irish Dance. He began teaching when he was only 17 years old, and by 19 he had launched the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, subsequently leading them to unprecedented World Championship team titles for the United States—the first when he was only 25.

 

Howard’s pioneering work in the late 80’s led to his unique transition from the competitive to the performing arts stage and began his gradual evolution from competitive coach to artistic director. By 1990, these formative years led to the creation of a nonprofit forum, Trinity Irish Dance Company (TIDC), to celebrate and further his work. From its inception, TIDC met with great critical acclaim at renowned venues across the world.

 

Howard has been named three times as one of Irish American Magazine’s “Top 100 Irish-Americans,” in 2011 he was honored by iBAM!, and in 2015 by Chicago’s Lawyers For the Creative Arts for his outstanding contribution in the performing arts. His work has led to numerous Choreographer's Fellowships awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. From PBS and ABC specials, to extensive film work for Disney, Touchstone, Universal and Dream Works, Howard has worked with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Ron Howard and Sam Mendez. He was the personal dance coach for actors Tom Hanks and Daniel Craig while working on the film, “Road to Perdition.”

 

Howard himself was a regular guest on “The Tonight Show” starring Johnny Carson from 1989 until 1991, and has accumulated a multitude of national and international television credits including "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, "CBS This Morning," "The Today Show," "Live with Regis," "Good Morning America,” “MARTHA," “CONAN,” and “1st Look” to name a few.

 

Howard continues to choreograph new works, as well as expand his independent career to work in theater, television, concert, and film. The feature film screenplay “SOLES,” which focuses on Howard and Trinity, is currently in the works.