The Travis Technique: Mastering the Art of Storytelling with Director Mark W. Travis

Playful Humans - People Who Play for a Living

Nov 15 2022 • 41 mins

Mark W. Travis is a Director, Writer, Actor & Consultant at the Travis International Film Institute and the author of Directing Feature Films and The Film Director’s Bag of Tricks. Filmmakers around the world regard Mark W. Travis as the most outstanding teacher and consultant on the art of film directing. Fueled by the desire to generate organic and authentic performances in an instant, Mark developed a director-centered approach called The Travis Technique, which earned him the nickname, “the director’s director.” The Travis Technique is not limited to filmmakers; it has also proven to be an essential set of tools for writers and actors and all who wish to tell compelling stories.

Productions directed by Mark W. Travis have garnered over 30 major awards, including an Emmy, Drama-Logue, L.A. Weekly, Drama Critics’ Circle, A.D.A, and Ovation awards. His film and television directing credits include The Facts of Life, Family Ties, Capitol, Hillers, and the Emmy Award-winning PBS dramatic special, Blind Tom: The Thomas Bethune Story. Also the feature films Going Under (for Warner Bros. starring Bill Pullman and Ned Beatty), Earlet (documentary), The Baritones, and The 636. On-stage, over the past 20 years, Mark has directed over 60 theatre productions in Los Angeles and New York, including: A Bronx Tale, Verdigris, The Lion in Winter, Mornings At Seven, Equus, Café 50s, And A Nightingale Sang, Wings, Linke vs. Redfield, The Coming of Stork and others.

Find Mark at, or you can just email him for a conversation at!

Subscribe to the Playful Humans podcast in your favorite podcast app: or follow us on YouTube at:

Support the show

Join the Playful Humans community: