Mark Valdez is a director, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles. Directing credits include world premiere productions by Erik Ehn, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Peter Howard, Tom Jacobson, Will MacAdams, Tracey Scott Wilson, and others. Currently Mark is working with 15 Latino artists of various disciplines to create DJ Latinidad's Latino Dance Party, a performance that explores latinidad in contemporary U.S. culture, through the lens of a dance party. Most recently, Valdez was the Executive Director of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), a national community of artists and arts organizations dedicated to collaborative creation. Mark has led workshops and participated in numerous panels. He is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award for Directing and for Special Projects, a MAP grant, and a NALAC Artist Grant.