Mark Knowles has had a successful career directing and choreographing for motion pictures, television, and professional theatrical productions across the country. For four years, he served as Senior Director and Artistic/Creative Consultant for Stiletto Entertainment in Los Angeles. At Stiletto, he was responsible for creating, directing, and overseeing all of the production shows on five separate ships on the Holland America Line. Mr. Knowles has written two books published by McFarland and Company; The Tap Dance Dictionary (1998), and Tap Roots: The Early History of Tap Dancing (2002), winner of the American Library Association’s 2003 Choice Award for outstanding academic text. He is also a frequent contributor to Dance Spirit Magazine. His children’s musical, Wit’s End, was recently produced in New York City. Mr. Knowles is on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts/Hollywood. In 2002, he was one of eleven people chosen to serve on the President’s Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.