|Alma mater||Yale School of Drama|
Brokaw was raised in Aledo, Illinois and graduated from the Yale Drama School. He received a Drama League fellowship and was initially given directing work through Carole Rothman and Robyn Goodman, artistic heads of the Second Stage Theatre.
He has directed many off-Broadway productions, and his New York work includes premieres by Lynda Barry (The Good Times Are Killing Me), Douglas Carter Beane (As Bees in Honey Drown), Neal Bell, Eric Bogosian, Keith Bunin, Jeremy Dobrish, Kevin Elyot, Lisa Kron (2.5 Minute Ride), Lisa Loomer, Kenneth Lonergan (This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero), Craig Lucas (Dying Gaul), Eduardo Machado, Patrick Marber (After Miss Julie), Robert Schenkkan, Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, Long X-Mas Ride Home) and Wendy Wasserstein. He has directed in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Vineyard Theatre, New Group, Second Stage, Lincoln Center, NYSF/Public, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Roundabout. He spent five seasons with the Young Playwright's Festival (1989–1995). Brokaw was also a member of the Drama Dept. theatre company.
In regional theatre he has directed at the Guthrie (A Month in the Country, Racing Demon, 1997–1998), Seattle Repertory Theatre (The Lisbon Traviata, 1991; The Good Times Are Killing Me, 1992) Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Huntington, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the O'Neill Conference, Sundance, Berekley Rep, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse and New York Stage and Film. He directed A Little Night Music for the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration in 2002.
His work has also been seen at London's Donmar Warehouse and Dublin's Gate Theatre.
Brokaw served as vice president, Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the Artistic Director, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, 2009, and is an associate artist of the Roundabout Theatre.
- The Lyons (Off-Broadway, 2011 and Broadway, 2012)
- The Language Archive (South Coast Rep, 2010)
- Distracted (Roundabout Theatre, 2008)
- The Busy World is Hushed (Playwrights Horizons, 2006)
- Constant Wife (Roundabout, 2006)
- Reckless (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2004)
- The Long Christmas Ride Home" (Vineyard Theatre, 2003)
- Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse, 2002)
- Old Money (Lincoln Center Theater, 2000)
- 2.5 Minute Ride (Public Theatre, 1999)
- This is Our Youth (Second Stage Theatre, 1999)
- The Dying Gaul (Vineyard Theatre, 1998)
- The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1998)
- As Bees in Honey Drown (Drama Department, 1997)
- How I Learned to Drive (Vineyard Theatre, 1997)
- The Good Times Are Killing Me (Second Stage, 1991)
- The Rimers of Eldritch (Second Stage Theatre, 1988)
- Reprint of New York Times article, "MARK BROKAW: A Director Who Refuses to Fill In the Blanks", July 27, 1997 donshewey.com, accessed May 22, 2009
- Credits guthrietheater.org, accessed May 22, 2009
- Credit 1992, nwsource.com, accessed May 22, 2009
- Simonson, Roberrt.Carrafa to Choreograph Little Night Music at Kennedy Center", playbill.com, January 10, 2002
- Hernandez, Ernio."Musical Marty with John C. Reilly Coming to Broadway Next Season", playbill.com, February 21, 2003
- Hetrick, Adam."Newly Created Yale Institute for Music Theatre Accepting Submissions", playbill.com, November 19, 2008
- "The Glass Menagerie", steppenwolf.org, accessed May 22, 2009