Areas of Study
Africana Studies
Email Address
Kennedy Center 224

Mark Cryer wrote and performs a one-act play, 99 Questions You've Always Wanted to Ask an African American But Were Too Afraid to Ask, which is a look at what we think and what we know about African-Americans. The play has been performed at the annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. and the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Theatre Festival. 

Cryer appeared in the feature films Mighty Ducks 2, It Could Happen to You, and The Peace Maker. He earned a master of fine arts in acting from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama, Glasgow, Scotland, and studied Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Art, London.


  • N.Y. State Sen. John DeFrancisco arts grant, 2004
  • Puffin Foundation grant, 2004
  • Onondaga Individual Artists Grant, 2004
  • Jones Award, Playwrights Center; Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear, 1991
  • Emerson Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant, Hamilton College, 2001, '05
  • J.R. Hatch Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2001
  • Faculty innovation grant, Hamilton College, 2003-09

College Service

  • Department chair, fall semester 2009
  • URTA coordinator
  • Wednesday Group coordinator (a semester-long series of workshops for theatre majors)
  • Committee on Academic Standing, 2012-present
  • Admissions Committee, 2011-present
  • Posse mentor, 2010-present
  • Oral Communications Advisory Committee, 2011
  • Director; M-Theatre Project 2007-12
  • Member, DOF Search Committee, 2006
  • Member, Planning Committee, 2006-08
  • Member, Committee on Student Activities, 2003-09
  • Member, Communication Committee, 2003
  • Member, Diversity Advisory Committee, 2002
  • Member, Posse Advisory Committee, 2001-03
  • Member, Diversity Committee, 2000-01
  • Member, New Faculty Orientation Committee, 2000-03/05-07
  • Member, New Student Orientation, Hamilton College, 2000
  • Member, Planning Committee for Kirkland Projects; Southern Accents, 2000
  • Panel Discussion, Kirkland Project; Southern Accents, 2000
  • Panel Discussion, Men Of Color Conference, 2001
  • Speaker, Student Awards Ceremony, 2003
  • Speaker, closing remarks, "Spinning Into Butter" panel discussion, 2003
  • Speaker, Kwanza celebration, 2000-02
  • Speaker, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, 2001/2006
  • Judge, speaking contest, 2006
  • Directed, Romeo & Juliet 02, 2003
  • Admissions: mock class, lunch with admitted students, 2006
  • Dean of students: first year forum leader, 2006
  • Wrote, directed, performed 99, 2002-04
  • Performance of No Other People, 2000

Professional Affiliations

Actors Equity Association
Association for Television & Radio Artists
Black Theatre Network
Association for Theatre in Higher Education

Professional Experience

  • Associate professor, Hamilton College, 1999-present
  • Adjunct professor, Syracuse University, 2004-09
  • Visiting professor, Louisiana State University, Spring 2004
  • Teaching faculty, Cornell University, 1995-97
  • Adjunct professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 1997
  • Young Audiences, 1995
  • Act 3 Theater, 1986-94
  • Beumbra Theater, 1988-94
  • Illusion Theater, 1989-94
  • Child's Play Theater, 1990-93
  • Steppingstone Theater, 1987-89
  • Children's Theater, 1986-88

Appointed to the Faculty


Educational Background

M.F.A., Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama
Certificate: Shakespeare, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
B.A., University of Minnesota
Actors Equity Association
Association for Television & Radio Artists

Personal Interests

Golf, bicycle, roller blades, baseball, football, skiing

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