Life and career
Brokaw was raised in Aledo, Illinois, and graduated from the Yale School of Drama. 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, Charles Busch, 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, Nicky Silver, 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, The New Group, Second Stage Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre and the Roundabout Theatre. 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 (Racing Demon in 1997-98; A Month in the Country in 1998-99), 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 Theatre Lab, Berkeley 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.
Brokaw is a past vice president and current member of the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. He was the Artistic Director of the Yale Institute for Music Theatre 2009-17 and is an associate artist of the Roundabout Theatre.
- The Rimers of Eldritch (Second Stage Theatre, 1988)
- The Good Times Are Killing Me (Second Stage, 1991)
- As Bees in Honey Drown (Drama Department, 1997)
- How I Learned to Drive (Vineyard Theatre, 1997)
- Racing Demon (Guthrie Theatre, 1997)
- The Dying Gaul (Vineyard Theatre, 1998)
- The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1998)
- 2.5 Minute Ride (Public Theatre, 1999)
- This is Our Youth (New Group and Second Stage Theatre, 1999)
- Lobby Hero (Donmar Warehouse, 2002)
- The Long Christmas Ride Home" (Vineyard Theatre, 2003)
- Reckless (Manhattan Theatre Club, 2004)
- Constant Wife (Roundabout, 2006)
- POP!" (Yale Rep, 2009)
- The Lyons (Off-Broadway, 2011; Broadway, 2012)
- Cinderella (Broadway Theatre, 2013)
- Heisenberg (New York City Center, 2015; Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 2016)
- 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
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- Berson, Misha (April 23, 1992). "'Good Times' Isn't Just Fun And Games, It's Provocative". The Seattle Times. p. E1. Retrieved 2020-03-31. (or, via NewsBank)
- Simonson, Robert (January 10, 2002). "Carrafa to Choreograph Little Night Music at Kennedy Center". playbill.com. Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-05-27.
- Hetrick, Adam (November 19, 2008). "Newly Created Yale Institute for Music Theatre Accepting Submissions". playbill.com. Playbill. Archived from the original on 2012-09-09.
- "The Glass Menagerie". steppenwolf.org. December 3, 1998. Archived from the original on 2011-05-26.
- Brantley, Ben (October 13, 2016). "'Heisenberg' Features an Explosive Pairing of Actors". The New York Times. p. C1. Retrieved 2019-05-26.