|Mark Perman Cantor, Bima to broadway, singer||
Originally from Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan, Mark Perman is a 1986 graduate of New York University. In 1982, he graduated New York City's "famed" High School of Performing Arts. As a child, he performed on Broadway in "Shenandoah", toured with Theatreworks USA, and appeared in commercials. He was inspired to become more spiritual and "Jewishly connected" through his years of participation at Congregation B'nai Jeshurun in Manhattan in the early 90's. He has also toured both the New Jersey and Atlanta areas with his one-man show "Bima to Broadway" which combines different musical styles from both the synagogue and theatrical worlds. Some of his favorite theatre roles include: Otto Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank"; Tevye in "Fiddler On the Roof"; and Emile de Becque in "South Pacific." Mark has sought to combine his love for and experience in the theater with his connection to the Jewish world as a cantor. He is one of many perfomers and cantors over the years who has managed to integrate both worlds both on the bima and on stage.
He was consulted on the Bar Mitzvah scene in the movie, "The First Wives Club," and appeared in the scene as well. He enjoys a variety of music and has a good deal of experience in radio over the years, having most recently hosted a Jewishradio talk show for WMLB-AM radio in Atlanta. Prior to his becoming a cantor he was on the air at a number of different stations and behind the scenes at WABC Radio in New York City.
Mark is the cantor for the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation, FVJC-ES in Simsbury, CT. Prior to that he served for six years as cantor of Temple Kol Emeth, in Marietta, Georgia. Cantor Perman has also served as a Jewish chaplain for the metro-west area in Essex County, New Jersey as well as the chaplain for Hillel at Montclair State University. He was invested as a cantor in 1997 from The School of Sacred Music at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).
Cantor Perman is currently living in the Connecticut Farmington Valley and is pleased to be back relatively close to the New York area.