MARK MARCZYK (DIRECTOR / WRITER)

Mark Marczyk a writer/playwright and the ring-leader of the infamous Juno-nominated Lemon Bucket Orkestra. He graduated with an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph and has worked with some of Canada's most renowned authors and poets, including Dionne Brand, Dennis Lee, Kevin Connolly, and Janice Kulyk Keefer. He wrote and directed Doorways, a play based on Brand's Thirsty, at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts and has written music for a number of plays at LaMaMa Theatre in New York, including Yara Arts Group's Midwinter Night and Fire, Water, Night. His chronicles of the Maidan Revolution have been published by NOW! Magazine, Brick: A Literary Magazine, and the Humber Literary Review and he is currently working on a book about his and experiences on the ground in Kyiv when snipers opened fire on protesters in late February. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra has toured across Canada and Europe performing at such renowned festivals as Vancouver Folk, LuminaTO, Montreal Jazz, Halifax Jazz, Pohoda (SK), International Romani Arts (RO), Franko Fest (UA), Golden Fest (US), and many more. They have been hailed as cultural ambassadors by a number of embassies across Eastern Europe and have been nominated for a variety of awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Indie Awards. The sophomore release, including material gathered on their ethnographic research tour, has been recorded and will be released in March 2015.