Mark Ragan first trod the stage in 2nd Grade with his critically acclaimed enactment of Santa Claus. One critic compared Ragan to Marlon Brando and Cary Grant. Of course, the critic was his mother; nonetheless it was agreed that the young thespian had an amazing career ahead of him. It wasn’t until high school that the young man returned to the stage as Bill Sykes in Oliver. For the next 30 years Ragan could be seen in productions ranging from Death of a Salesman to Curly in Oklahoma and Riff in West Side Story. However, Ragan discovered his true passion when he was cast in 1980 as Mercutio in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
The performance ignited his passion for the Bard of Avon and he never looked back. In 1990, Ragan launched his own Shakespeare Company in Washington D.C., where he performed roles ranging from Lysander and Bottom in Midsummer Night’s Dream to Hotspur in Henry IV, Part One to the title role in Hamlet . During his time in the Washington, Ragan also studied at Michael Kahn’s Folger Shakespeare Theater. When he’s not performing, Mark is the CEO and owner of a Chicago-based digital media company. He and his wife Jamie live in Gilpin County’s Missouri Lakes and have three daughters, all named after Shakespeare heroines: Juliet, Kate and Olivia.