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TBA Online: News & Features: September 2015

In Memoriam: Mark Rucker

Wednesday, August 26, 2015   (0 Comments)
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by TBA Staff

Director Mark Rucker. Photo: Courtesy
of American Conservatory Theater

The theatre community mourns the loss of one of its stellar artists, Mark Rucker. Rucker, associate artistic director for American Conservatory Theater, was found dead in his apartment early Tuesday morning. The cause of death has not been released. He was 56 years old.

A major force in Bay Area theatre, Rucker directed frequently at ACT, including, most recently, Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns: a post-electric play, this past February; he also worked with notable Bay Area companies such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse and Shakespeare Santa Cruz; directed for ACT’s Master of Fine Arts program; and served on the board of directors for Theatre Bay Area.  

ACT artistic director Carey Perloff said, “He was a treasured friend, an inspirational colleague, a brilliant artist and an extraordinary mentor to generations of young theater artists. We will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mark's family and his friends around the globe.”

Theatre Bay Area executive director Brad Erickson said, “We at Theatre Bay Area are so shocked and saddened to learn of Mark’s unexpected passing.  A former board member of Theatre Bay Area and a good friend to so many of us, we will miss him deeply.  We are sending all our best thoughts and prayers to Mark’s family and loved ones and to everyone at ACT.”

Memorial service information has not yet been announced. 

See also: Robert Hurwitt’s SFGate article.