Mark received his B.A. in Performance Studies and his M.A. in Theatre/Arts Marketing and Management at Northwestern University/Kellogg School of Management. He also received his J.D. from Loyola University, Chicago and is currently licensed to practice law in New York and Illinois.
Vadik was first recognized as one of the America’s “aspiring under-ground writers” in the early 90s when his poetry was featured on “60 Minutes”. Having directed and produced numerous theatrical productions for over 15 years, he has worked with such Broadway stars as Mickey Rooney, Julie Andrews, Jackie Mason and Jerry Stiller; and, facilitated the production of the Broadway musicals “Rent” and “Victor-Victoria”. Vadik’s last stage play (“R3 – A Gothic Tale” – an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Richard III) was performed at The Bailiwick Arts Center in Chicago, and was named as “One of the top 10 Must Sees” for the 2004 Theater season in Chicago by Windy City Times. The Chicago Tribune has favorably compared his work and style with Sir Peter Brooks of the Royal Shakespeare Partnership of London and Robert Falls, Artistic Director of Chicago’s Goodman Theater.
“The Thirsting” marked Vadik’s writing and directorial debut in feature film. The movie, released world-wide in 2006 via Cinema-Vault Releasing, received critical acclaim amongst genre fans, garnered Vadik favorable reviews and established him as one of the “up and coming new director/writers in horror”.
“Best Director” – Chicago Horror Film Festival
Following on the success of his first genre film, Vadik recently completed “Cyrus: Mind of A Serial Killer”. Released in Australia in May 2010, the movie immediately jumped to #11 on that country’s all time favorite “R” rated movie list (sitting comfortably between #10, “Requiem for a Dream” and #12 “Boon Dock Saints”). The movie has been deemed a seminal film in the psychological/thriller genre along with such immortal films as “M” and “Psycho”. Along with winning such awards as “Best Director” at the Chicago Horror Film Festival, Eerie Film Festival and Crypticon and “Best Feature Film” at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, the movie has received numerous nominations, including Gorezone Magazine (the world’s largest genre based periodical) nominating the film for “Best Thriller 2010” (Vadik received a “Best Director” nomination as well). The movie was released world-wide by Anchor Bay Entertainment in June, 2011.
Vadik’s latest horror film, “House of the Witchdoctor”, (Producer) which is an homage to such 70s sploitation films as ”I Spit on Your Grave” and Wes Craven’s ”Last House on the Left”.The film stars Leslie Easterbrook, Bill Moseley and Dyanne Thorne. The film was released domestically and internationally by Breaking Glass Entertainment (2014).
“Best Feature Film” – Atlanta Horror Film Festival
Vadik is also currently in Post-Production on “See Know Evil” (Producer) which is a feature length documentary currently in production about the life and work of fashion photographer Davide Sorrenti, an elusive figure in the history of both fashion and photography who has left a lasting impression, though to this day much of his story has yet to be told. Upon his death a media frenzy swiftly ensued and Davide’s tale quickly became an A1 story in the New York Times going on to elicit a speech by President Clinton himself guaranteeing the term “Heroinc Chic” would become a household name.
Vadik is currently in Production (Writer, Director) on a feature film adaptation of the award winning novel “A Chance in the World” scheduled to begin filming in January, 2016 and is attached as Producer/Director on a faith based feature film entitled “Animator” which centers on a young artist whose drawings become reality for himself and the people around him.
Transitioning more and more into television, Vadik produced and directed the television pilot “Shut Up & Dance” for Mighty Small Pictures in late 2015 and created the satirical weekly news program WFT News America, which is currently scheduled to begin airing nationally in March 2016.