Mark Tanenbaum is a life-long Erieite. He has been active in the Erie arts scene since becoming a member of the dance company of the Erie Civic Ballet Company under the direction of its founder, Stacia Sublette. He danced in the Chautauqua Dance Company as well as the Mercyhurst Dance Department.
He started doing theater in the mid 1970’s and has performed on all of the stages in the Erie market. He is a founding member of the Comedy Troupe In all Seriousness and has performed over a thousand professional productions.
He was the owner and auctioneer of Ace Auctioneers and Liquidators for twenty five years and conducted auctions, mostly of food processing equipment, in six states. He holds degrees in English Literature and History and is certified to teach high school classes in three subjects. He is a frequent substitute teacher in the Fairview School District.
Mark is the president and founder of PACA- the Performing Artists Collective Alliance, a contemporary theater and performing arts center in downtown Erie. A Calendar of PACA events can be found at WWW.PACA1505.com.
Jeff Rodland founding member and current vice president of the Board of Directors has been involved with Erie’s community theater scene for over 25 years as an actor, director, and producer. Much of his earlier work was at the former Roadhouse and Director’s Circle Theaters. In the past few years, he has directed shows at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, the Riverside Inn and Dinner Theater, The Erie Playhouse, as well as PACA. He was formally trained in improv at Chicago’s famous Second City and has put those skills to work with In All Serious: Murder Division. He has served as the event coordinator for Attack of the PACA since its inception, as well as bringing his annual Christmas show to PACA’s stage.
In December 2012, he organized a festival of holiday- themed theater by Los Angeles based writer, Jeff Goode, called A Very Goode Christmas, which featured the world premiere of The Last Noel . In December 2013, he directed the world premiere of Goode’s latest holiday play, Christmas 2: The Sequel to the Nativity. Rodland has a Masters in Special Education, and he is certified in both Special and Elementary Education. He met his wife, Kelly, during the 1994 run of West Side Story at the Erie Playhouse, and they have three sons: Gabriel (11) and twins, Kristopher and William (5).