John-Mark Owen began his ballet training in 1994 under the direction of Jean Evans Weaver in Macon, GA. He received a full scholarship in 1997 to attend the prestigious Chautauqua Institute where he studied with Jean-Pierre Bonnefueax, Patricia McBride, and Violet Verdy. From there he attended Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts before he was invited to join Nashville Ballet as a trainee in 1998. Under the direction of Paul Vasterling, while there he enjoyed dancing in many ballets including Vasterling’s “Remnants of Light”, “The Firebird”, “Robin Hood”. “Pop!”, and “Dracula” as well as Lynn Taylor-Corbett’s “Appearances”, and Trey McIntyre’s “Aliss in Wonderland”. He joined Ohio Ballet in 2000 and toured the country performing ballets by Laura Dean, Heinz Poll, Alonzo King and Anne-Marie D’angelo to name a few.
After working with Peter Powlous and Zanne Colton at the Augusta Ballet he joined American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Graham Lustig. With ARB he performed Tiger in “Lamberena”, Bottom in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, and Drosselmeyer in Lustig’s “Nutcracker”, as well as several varied repertory works including “Urban Tangos”, “Evening”, and “Uncertain Steps” all choreographed by Lustig. Also a guest artist with several companies around the Southeast his portrayal of Dracula for the Greenville Ballet earned critical acclaim. He is currently dancing with Ballet NY under the direction of Judith Fugate and Medhi Bahiri. He’s performed Balanchine’s “Who Cares?,” Stanton Welch’s “Orange,” Alan Hineline’s “Quartet 2,” and Toni Pimble’s “Two’s Company” as well as others. He has worked with Dances Patrelle under the direction of Francis Patrelle for eight seasons, dancing leading roles in Patrelle’s “American Dreamer,” “The Yorkville Nutcracker,” “Black, Blue, and Bartok,” “Is That All There Is?” the title character in “Murder at the Masque; The casebook of Edgar Allen Poe,” “Double Martini,” “Gilbert and Sullivan; The Ballet” and Mr. Patrelle’s newest work “212” set to the music of Robert Sirota.
Choreographically he has created several original pieces for the Middle Georgia Youth Ballet, The Nashville Ballet’s Trainee program, Ballet Builders Previews Series, Panoply Choreographic Competition, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and various summer programs. “Canzonette” a trio exploring the various states of passion premiered at the Grand Opera House in Macon, GA. His Pas de Deux “Vespers” was shown in the Dance Sampler Evening at Symphony Space in New York. He recently completed his Graduate Studies at New York University/Tisch where he was also a fellow in sound production. His focus was choreography and he now holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography. His work was also shown in the NYU/Tisch Alumni Choreographic Festival at the prestigious Skirball Center. He presented “Triptych” in the Ballet Builders/New Choreographers on Point Series 2010, as well as an evening of work at Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Festival summer 2010. His work has also been shown in the DanceNow NYC festival where he won the audience vote for favorite artist and the Fridays at Noon series at the 92 St. Y/Harkness Dance Center. John-Mark was named one of three emerging choreographers by Gotham Arts Exchange NYC 2010. He premiered “Salve” at Dance Theatre Workshop for their Gotham Arts Emerging Artist showcase in Jan. 2011 and his “Sonatae 2” at the 92 St. Y/Harkness Dance Center Sundays at Three series. The same institution invited him to curate an afternoon of work for their Fridays at Noon series where he debuted “Concerto Archetypum.” In 2011 Mr. Owen premiered his “Folk Songs” at the Newport, RI Great Dance Festival. Mr. Owen was named Artist-in-residence summer 2012 for the same Dance festival where he created 8 etudes and the festival finale piece “Plague” comprising three of the participating companies. Mr. Owen formed John-Mark Owen Presents... in 2012 and premiered his first feature length work “Requiem” at the Manhattan Movement and Arts Center in Sept. 2012 which was praised by the Huffington Post as an “Innovative vision… tender and deeply personal”. His teaching credentials include posts at The Princeton Ballet School, Syracuse University Ballet Summer Intensive, Middle Georgia Youth Ballet, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and State University of New York/Purchase