Kirk Markley is a Houston based artist, designer, and arts administrator. He worked for sixteen years at Stages Repertory Theatre, starting as a Production Assistant and somehow winding up Associate Artistic Director. Since leaving Stages in 2009, he has served as Managing Director for The Catastrophic Theatre, during which time the organization doubled in size and acquired its first dedicated performance venue. In 2015, Kirk left Catastrophic to join the Midtown Art & Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Kirk has designed on over 130 local stage productions creating designs for Catastrophic, Stages, and many others. He has been active in the independent performing arts scene and has served on the board of directors for Suchu Dance and an earlier incarnation of MATCH. Kirk is an alumnus of Rice University, but his training in theatre and design is entirely autodidactic.