About Mark W. Travis

The Art and Alchemy of Directing

Filmmakers around the world regard Mark W. Travis as the most outstanding teacher and consultant on the art of film directing. Fueled by the desire to generate organic and authentic performances in an instant, Mark developed a director-centered approach called The Travis Technique, which earned him the nickname, “the director’s director.” The Travis Technique is not limited to filmmakers; it has also proven to be an essential set of tools for writers and actors and all who wish to tell compelling stories.


Mark Travis has impacted and continues to impact filmmakers worldwide with his live and online webinars, master classes and directors labs on different aspects of The Travis Technique.


Mark Travis has served on the faculty of:

  • University Of Television And Film in Munich, Germany (HFF)
  • The Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Hollywood Film School in Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Asia Pacific Screen Lab, hosted by Griffith Film School in Brisbane, Australia


Mark Travis has taught at over 50 film schools and film institutions, including:

  • Pixar University in Emeryville, CA
  • American Film Institute in Los Angeles, CA
  • University of California Film School (UCLA) in Los Angeles, CA
  • Griffith Film School in Brisbane, Australia
  • FÁS Screen Training Ireland in Dublin, Ireland
  • NISS – Nordisk Institutt for Scene og Studio in Oslo, Norway
  • Norwegian Film School in Lillehammer, Norway
  • Odessa International Film Festival in Odessa, Ukraine
  • Alexander Mitte Film School in Moscow, Russia
  • Metropolitan Film School in London, UK
  • Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France
  • CILECT International Association of Film and Television Schools in Munich, Germany
  • Asia Pacific Screen Lab, hosted by Griffith University Film School in Brisbane, Australia
  • Chinese Film Foundation in Tianjin, China


Mark Travis is a longtime member of the Directors Guild of America and has the distinct honor of having presented master classes on The Travis Technique at five Directors Guilds:

  • Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles, USA
  • Dutch Directors Guild (DDG) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • German Directors Guild (BVR) in Munich, Germany
  • Australian Directors Guild (ADG) in Brisbane, Australia
  • Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ) in Auckland, New Zealand


Mark Travis’ growing library of online courses include:

  • Write Your Life Inside Out
  • The Travis Technique Of Directing
  • Deconstructing The Interrogation Process
  • The Power Of Staging
  • The Art And Alchemy Of Staging
  • The 3 Best Kept Secrets For Creating Compelling Characters
  • The Travis Technique For Actors
  • The Travis Way of Working with Child Actors

Consulting & Training

Mark Travis has served as a directorial and creative consultant to Mark Rydell, George Tillman, Cyrus Nowrasteh, Tammy Davis, and dozens of Independent filmmakers in Hollywood and internationally. He is respected and recommended by top actors such as Beau Bridges, Henry Winkler, Jim Beaver, Bill Pullman, and others.

Most recent consulting projects:

  • OBLIVION – Writer-Director Shaheen Dill-Riaz (in development)
  • BLACKBERRY WITTOL – Writer-Director Devin Clarke (in preproduction and production)
  • FINDING HOME – Writer-Director David English (in post-production)
  • SARAH’S OIL – Writer-Director Cyrus Nowrasteh (in preparation)
  • BAHARA – Writer-Director Daniela Apostoaei (in preparation)
  • AYAHUASCA – Writer-Director Diego Silva (script)
  • MY LOVELY SHAME – Writer-Director Kathrin Feistl (manuscript novel)
  • UNDER MY SKIN – Writer-Director Anna Ditges (script)
  • JUPP & TRUDI – Writer-Director Anna Ditges (script)
  • HUNTING SOULS (2021) – Writer-Director Diego Silva
  • THE UNSPOKEN BADGE (2021) – Writer-Director Carl Flood
  • THE OTHER ME (2019) – Writer-Director Giga Agladze
  • WINTER ON FIRE: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2016) – Director Evgeny Afineevsky. Nominated 2016 Academy Awards for Best Documentary, Feature
  • THE YOUNG MESSIAH (2016) – Writer-Director Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • BORN TO DANCE (2015) – Director Tammy Davis
  • PERFECTION (2015) – Writer-Director Benedikt Röskau
  • VERDIGRIS (2015) – Writer/Actor Jim Beaver
  • DOCUMENTARY on THE TRAVIS TECHNIQUE – Director Stefan Najib (Shot over the past three years and presently in post-production)
  • MY MISTRESS (2014) – Director Stephen Lance
  • NOTORIOUS (2009) – Director George Tillman, Jr.
  • THE STONING OF SORAYA M. (2008) – Writer-Director Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • BLACK IRISH (2007) – Director Brad Gann
  • BARBERSHOP (2005) – Director Tim Story
  • THE DAY REAGAN WAS SHOT (2001) – Writer-Director Cyrus Nowrasteh
  • MEN OF HONOR (2000) – Director George Tillman, Jr.

Directing Film / TV / Theater

Productions directed by Mark W. Travis have garnered over 30 major awards, including: an Emmy, Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly, Drama Critics’ Circle, A.D.A, and Ovation awards.

His film and television directing credits include: The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol, Hillers, and the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story. Also the feature films Going Under (for Warner Bros. starring Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty), Earlet (documentary), The Baritones, and The 636.

On-stage, over the past 20 years, Mark has directed over 60 theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York, including: A Bronx Tale, Verdigris, The Lion in Winter, Mornings At Seven, Equus, Café 50s, And A Nightingale Sang, Wings, Linke vs. Redfield, The Coming of Stork and others.

Developing and Directing Solo Shows

Since 1988 Mark has developed and directed numerous autobiographical one-person shows. Sylvie Drake of the Los Angeles Times stated that “Mark Travis has created a whole new theater genre.”

  • I Am Sophie (Corinne Shor)
  • Are We There Yet? (Richard Stockton)
  • This Being Human (Sheila James)
  • Pay Attention (Frank South)
  • Time Flies When You’re Alive (Paul Linke)
  • No Place Like Home (Shane McCabe)
  • A Bronx Tale (Chazz Palminteri)
  • Undressing New Jersey and Other States of Mind (Wendy Kamenoff)
  • Twice Blessed (Art Metrano)
  • Insomnia (Dana Gould)
  • Mouth to Mouth (Carol Schlanger)
  • Something In Her Genes (Juliette Marshall)
  • They Call Me Mr. Fry (Jack Freiberger)
  • Once A Man Twice A Boy (Joe Lucas)
  • The Dangerous Lure of High Heels (Robin McAlpine)
  • Cabin Fever (Erin Donovan)
  • Driven to Drink (Paul F. Tomkins)
  • What Does The Sun Sound Like? (Arlene Malinowski)
  • Margarita On The Rocks (Peggy Medina)
  • Wild Wisdom (Jeannette Paulson Hereniko)
  • Hip Bones and Cool Whip (Rochelle Newman)
  • Walking Back to Brooklyn (Murray Meyer)
  • Almost Made (Louis Liberti)
  • Fornicationally Challenged (Judi Brandwein)
  • Hooked (Bailey Mason)
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