Brett Mack (Theater ’05) was cast as a central character in the independent film Knight to D7 in summer 2010.
The film is now in post-production and due to be released soon. In it, he plays Brady, a cancer patient who reveals his cancer has taken a turn for the worse to his friend Dustin during their ongoing game of chess.
Mack lost his stepfather and aunt both to cancer recently, so the role has a special place in his heart. He came by the chance to play the role while taking an acting class in Los Angeles. The need to take classes after graduation was a lesson emphasized by IUP professors Barb Blackledge and Ed Simpson, and it’s paying off.
Mack was an outstanding actor in IUP’s program, playing rich roles such as Benedict in Much Ado About Nothing and Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire. In 2005, he was one of sixteen national finalists invited to the Kennedy Center for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival acting competition. Since graduating, he has travelled a lot, keeping his career going in various markets. He has been contracted by the Orlando Shakespeare Company and Pittsburgh’s City Theater when not in LA.
More at home on stage than in front of a camera, Mack is growing in confidence with strong work such as his role in Knight to D7. He’s maintaining his practice of acting classes and auditioning around, and is one of the IUP Theater and Dance grads to watch.
Portions of this story were taken from the December 5, 2010, issue of the Indiana Gazette.
Brett Mack as Stanley Kowalski in IUP’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire