Mark Kitaoka is a national commercial photographer located in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in all aspects of live performance photography. Mark focuses on capturing high movement low light imagery so common to dance and theatrical performances. Publicity sessions, both in studio and on location round out his theatrical imagery repertoire. His commercial work includes national branding campaigns for PETCO/Pooch Hotel as well as publicity images for Walt Disney Theatrical along with photographs utilized to attract Broadway producers. Regional credits include promotional material for Target’s theatrical matinee series and images used during the televised Tony Awards in 2011.
Mark’s work is routinely featured in local, regional and national publications including The Huffington Post, Parade Magazine as well as American Theatre Magazine. Many of his live performance photographs have been featured on Broadway as well as internationally. His work has appeared on national broadcast television via the Today Show as well as in numerous regional markets via the Fox Network.
A few of his photographic collaborations include Songwriter/actress Joan Baez, television celebrity and playwright Kathie Lee Gifford, Tony Award Winning Directors Casey Nicholaw and John Caird, Tony award winner James Monroe Iglehart, Tony Award winning composers Paul Gordon and Larry Grossman, Tony Award winning actress Judy Kaye, Tony Award winning producer Harley Metcalf, Tony Award winning playwright Rupert Holmes, San Francisco Opera’s Resident Conductor Giuseppe Finzi, Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Conductor Jaap van Zweden, Tony nominated music/lyricist Andrew Lippa, Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Rajiv Joseph as well as Luis Bravo of Forever Tango.
His theatre resume includes Longacre Theatre NYC, 5th Avenue Theatre Seattle, Village Theatre Issaquah, WA, Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA, San Jose Repertory, Rubicon Theatre Ventura, Oakland School for the Arts, Meyerson Symphony Center – Dallas TX, War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, Teatro ZinZanni Seattle/San Francisco/Costa Mesa, Lesher Center for the Arts, Mountain View Center for Performing Arts and Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
His exhibitions include:
- 2014 “29 Hands 15 Artists” Solo Exhibit at the Peninsula Museum of Art
- 2013 “Playing with Fire” Art Installation Oakland International Airport”
- 2007 “Moments of Humanity” Solo Exhibit at ArtSHARE 25 Gallery