Mark Hamlet was born in Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York. He grew up in Uniondale and then moved to New York City in 1977. He attended Adelphi University in Garden City on a full-tuition drama scholarship, graduating with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Beyond doubt, Mark has been an actor all his life. You can see him as Kirsten Dunst’s father in “Mona Lisa Smile”, opposite Charles Durning in “Dead Canaries”, and even naked in “The Guru”, starring Jimi Mistry. His most recent leading role Off-Broadway was in “Secrets” at the St. Luke’s Theater.
For twelve years he worked for Plays for Living, a theater company specializing in social issue dramas for schools, churches and corporations nationwide. He also played the Archbishop of Canterbury for two seasons at the “NY Renaissance Faire”. Check out his website for updates: mark-hamlet.com.
Bekir Ognat, clearly intrepid man of many hats, started studying acting 5 years ago as an exciting fun experiment. He earned the nickname “Big Boss” from his acting friends in New York due to his choices during improvisation exercises. Some of these strong choices, however, led him to be kicked out of school where he had been studying the Meisner Technique for 2 years. Nevertheless, he is not easily deterred, and soon after his tenacious curiosity had propelled him on to filmmaking courses at the School of Visual Arts, New York University, New York Film Academy, and the New School. At one point he concurrently had a full time job and classes 7 days a week at different schools. What is more, he sometimes slept in his car, and seriously wished he had an RV to make his life easier.
Down the road, he has now actively taken part in some film projects and he even volunteered in a number of indie movies, including “Hitting Rock Bottom”, and not long ago he also participated as a producer in the short film “Kill St”. Bekir currently has other upcoming movie projects of his own to be developed after this short film “CIRCLE” is fully completed and released. He still takes classes from HB Studio to stay connected to acting, which he firmly believes is the foundation of good filmmakers, writers, and directors.