Mark was selected to receive a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Playwriting, is a two-time semi-finalist for the O'Neill Theatre Conference (2012 & 2012) and the Runner-Up for the 2012 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Award. His other awards include 1st Place, The 2014 Storefront Theatre's Annual Festival of Ten Minute Plays,The 2009 Maryland State Theatre Festival's Special Award for Best Original Script, The Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance's 2008 Award for Best Original Script, The Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence, 2008, The 2006 Arts and Letters Prize in Drama, First Place Best Play and First Place Best Production in the 2002 Baltimore Playwrights Festival, four Individual Artist Awards for Playwriting from the Maryland State Arts Council (1989, 1993, 2005 & 2015), 2nd Place in the Hinton Battle Theatre Lab's 2005 Reading Series, Best Production in the 1998 Baltimore Playwrights Festival, two New Works Theatre Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting Awards (1992 & 1994), the Maryland State Theatre Festival Association’s Best New Script Award (1995), and the Montgomery Playhouse Literary Prize (1995).
Mark was a contributing participant in playwriting at the 2014 Sewanee Writers Conference and he was selected as a Playlab Playwright by the 2010 Great Plains Theatre Conference. He has served as Playwright-in-Residence for Theatre Virginia’s New Voices for the Theatre Program in Richmond, Virginia, taught Playwriting at the University of Mary Washington in 1994, 2001 and from 2004-2013, and at Howard Community College in 2015. Mark was also asked to serve as a Thesis Advisor for the Johns Hopkins University 2005/2006 M.A. in Writing program. Mark has also given seminars on Playwriting at the National Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, The University of Mary Washington, The University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University and for the Baltimore Playwrights Festival and the Maryland Writer’s Alliance.
Scharf’s plays Off the Grid, Like White on Rice, Wilderness, and his adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are published by Brooklyn Publishing. His plays Memory Garden, The Machine, and his adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein are published by Pioneer Drama. His plays Our Place and Grey Hair and Zits are published by Greenroom Scripts LLC. His plays Get Stuffed, Lizard Brains and Keeping Faith are published by Original Works Publishing and his play Replay is published by Heurer Publishing. A monologue from Mark’s play The Mean Reds is published in One on One: The Best Men’s Monologues for the Twenty-First Century by Applause Books. Also, a monologue from his play Last Night at the Owl Bar appears in the 2009 The Theatre Audition Book 2 and a monologue from his play The Whispers of Saints appears in the 2011 Volume 3, Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays, both published by Meriwether Publishing, Ltd.
Mark served three terms as Chairman of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival (2003-2006) and is a former member of the Fells Point Corner Theatre Board of Directors. In 2012, Mark was asked to serve as Playwright-in-Residence by the Twin Beach Players of Chesapeake Beach and North Beach, MD. Mark has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Virginia and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.