A graduate of the University of Queensland and NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art), Mark has directed productions for some of Australia’s leading performing arts organisations including Sydney Theatre Company (Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Tony Harrison’s The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus), Belvoir Street Theatre (Drums of Thunder by Martin Buzacott and the Indonesian musical Cockroach Opera, a co-production with the Aboriginal & Islander Dance Theatre) and Opera Australia (the Australian premiere of Alban Berg’s Lulu).
For three years Mark was Director/CEO of ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People), where he directed Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle, the Shakespeare plays The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet and the premiere production of Michael Gow’s All Stops Out, which toured internationally.
Mark worked in the UK and Germany for The Really Useful Group and was responsible for the German and Australian premieres of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard. For Hothouse Theatre in Albury-Wodonga, Mark wrote and directed Such a Storm, based on Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder.
Mark directed three separate live productions for television’s Hi-5 which toured nationally, and to Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK.
For NIDA Mark has directed second and third year acting students in productions that include Brecht’s In the Jungle of the Cities, The Watchtower by Louis Nowra, Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Martin Crimp’s The Treatment and he has directed NIDA graduates in productions for international festivals in Romania and China. At NIDA Mark is Director, Vocational Studies, responsible for the development and delivery of Vocational Education and Training, including diplomas in musical theatre and stage and screen performance.
For the inaugural Brisbane Baroque, Mark directed a staging of the Bach BWV211 Coffee Cantata, and for Pinchgut Opera Mark has directed Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Vivaldi’s Juditha Triumphans, Haydn’s L’anima del filosofo, Vivaldi’s Griselda, and Salieri’s The Chimneysweep.