Tony Markham has an indomitable creative spirit that he’s explored through a variety of disciplines including theatre, music, dance and radio. Tony began his professional career in Texas, with Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Ballet. Soon after moving to New York City, Tony made a splash on the national comedy scene as a member of the critically acclaimed and ground breaking sketch comedy troupe, The Nellie Olesons. The “Nellies”, named after the snippy, tattle-telling nemesis of Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, exploded out of downtown New York theater with an irreverent comedic assault aimed squarely at pop culture’s jugular.
Tony has received glowing reviews for his work with The Nellie Olesons, as well as, performances at Stageworks/Hudson and the Colonial Theater in Massachusetts where he appeared as Vernon in their production of Damn Yankees! Staged at the Historic Waconah Park baseball field and starring former Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette, the show was a hit and was central to ushering the Colonial into a new era. James Years of Metroland Magazine called Tony’s portrayal of Khalid in Stageworks/Hudson’s Omnium Gatherum “impressive and intelligent” and the Albany Times Union described him as “remarkable” in the premiere of Eric Sanders’ Inheritance. With The Nellie Olesons, Tony was lauded by the LA Times as “a versatile, physically deft performer”. Tony has also created and directed two holiday shows, Snowfall and Christmas at the Castle, staged at Searles Castle in Great Barrington, MA.
As a music curator and DJ, Tony was sound designer for Nellie Oleson productions, including theatrical runs in New York, Los Angeles and Provincetown. Tony produced the popular bar nights Red Dress THURSDAYS at Prohibition in New York’s Chelsea and the notorious Sweetmeet in Hudson, NY.
Tony is producer and host of the ECLECTIMANIAC Radio Show which airs monthly on WGXC 90.7 FM Acra/Hudson and via live stream at wgxc.org. Tony, with co-hosts, Seth Davis and Jeff McKinney, riff on pop culture while taking you on a curated musical journey through a diverse pop landscape of nu-disco, remixes, throwbacks and current hits. The show also features interviews with invited guests.
Additionally, Tony works as a floral and event stylist. After studying with the American Institute of Floral Design, he went on to work with some of the top floral & event designers in the region. Notable venues include Wheatleigh, Blantyre, Austerlitz Historical Society, Cranwell Spa & Golf Resort, Ausable Club & Sarasota National Golf Club.
Create. Give. Love.