Mark Radziejeski

Mission StatementHayden Theater is committed to the education of the whole person, an education that fosters emotional, social, and spiritual growth within the context of a Catholic culture through the theatrical expression of wisdom and truth, shaped by a communal spirit and directed toward the transcendent destiny of each student.

Mark Radziejeski (rŭh-jes-key) is in his fifteenth year as director of Hayden Theater and Thespian Troupe #7275, Mark received his BA in Communication Arts from Calumet College of St. Joseph in Indiana and his certification in religious studies from the Institute for Religious Studies at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has also studied at Purdue University, Southern Illinois University and St. John's University in Minnesota.

Mark started his theater career playing Si Crowell in his high school production of "Our Town". Other roles he has played since then include Randolph MacAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie", Ladislav Sipos in "She Loves Me", Christopher Wren in "The Mousetrap", and Charlie Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". He has worked as a scenic, lighting, and special effects designer at the Goodman Theater, Body Politic Theater, Organic Theatre, Chicago Opera Theater, Kennedy King College, Northwestern University School of Music, and was the resident lighting designer for seven seasons at Chamber Opera Chicago.

Mark has also worked as the technical theater teacher at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois, rentals manager for Grand Stage Lighting in Chicago, production manager for the Royal George Theatre in Chicago and Centre East in Skokie, Illinois, business theater producer for Corporate Productions Incorporated in Oakbrook, Illinois, and operations director for TPAC.

Mark received the Hayden Pinnacle Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013 and 2019, Kansas Thespians Teacher of the Year for 2019, and was named to the Kansas Thespian Hall of Fame in 2018.

Mark is a member of Sacred Heart/St. Joseph Parish. He was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Calumet City, home of Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers.

"I found a real safe space in the theater program at Hayden. The people in it were so welcoming and it really made me fall in love with performing."