MARK BELTZMAN has been acting, writing, and directing since 1981. He was a founding member of Improv Olympic in Chicago and of the legendary group, Barons Barracudas. Mark has worked and directed at the famed Second City in Chicago. He directed many improvisational and theatrical productions at Second City in Chicago and Los Angeles, including the Second City Alumni Jam. He was also instructor/ director at The Second City Training Center, Improv Olympic West and the Upfront Comedy Showcase. Mark has also acquired a great deal of knowledge about the creative process of producing, writing and directing while performing in such notable productions as: Mo Money, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer, Speed 2, Star Maps, Lovely and Amazing, and Employee of the Month, Factory, "Seinfeld," "Rosanne," "Norm," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "According to Jim," "Cold Case," "House," "True Jackson VP," "The Young and the Restless," and "Pretty Little Liars." Mark’s ability to create “something from nothing” is exemplified in the outreach program he created in 2006 called New Choice. Mark and a crew of established industry professionals go into the inner city and teach improvisational and filmmaking skills to the youth. New Choice is now a 501(c)3 not for profit and continues to expand.