Mark is a theatre director with 20 years’ experience, working across the UK and internationally. He also writes and directs films, primarily adaptations but now exploring original short and feature-writing.
Mark is currently Associate Artist at Leeds Playhouse, one of the UK’s largest producing theatres, where, from 2013 to 2016, he was its Associate Director, directing seven productions, from cutting edge new work to classic plays reimagined for a contemporary audience.
From 2011 to 2013 he was Associate Director of the National Theatre Studio, the National Theatre’s project incubator, renowned for its development of smash-hit shows like War Horse, Curious Incident of the Dog In the Nighttime and One Man Two Guvnors.
Since 2016, his productions have been seen in New York, London’s West End, Tokyo, at the Edinburgh Festival, and across the UK and have ranged from off-Broadway experimental music theatre with Obie-winning composer/performer Heather Christian and furious feminist new writing from legendary Vagina Monologues writer-activist Eve Ensler, to Simon Callow’s celebrated performance in Oscar Wilde’s De Profundis, adapted by Frank McGuinness and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot at the Tobacco Factory, Bristol.
In 1999, he won the prestigious JMK Young Director’s Award for The Dybbuk, an exorcist thriller, starring Sally Hawkins. In 2013, his production of Stuart: A Life Backwards by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, This is England 90) was shortlisted for the Carol Tambor Best of the Edinburgh Festival Award 2013.
His other stage work includes Shakespeare and epic new work at Shakespeare’s Globe, opera at the Young Vic with English National Opera, Shakespeare at the National Theatre, productions at Wilton’s Music Hall, the Tricycle, the Arcola, as well as many productions across the UK, including Sheffield Theatres, Bristol Old Vic, Northampton Theatres and beyond.
As a filmmaker, he has worked as a screenwriter on several adaptations, including feature length screenplays of Somerset Maugham’s The Circle & The Constant Wife (both for Brilliant Films) and short film adaptations of Shakespeare’s Henry VIII and Antony & Cleopatra for BFI/Shakespeare’s Globe’s The Complete Walk, an epic celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th Anniversary. Both were shot on location at Hampton Court and in Giza, Cairo respectively and starred acclaimed casts.
He co-wrote Making Noise Quietly (2017), the debut feature of Dominic Dromgoole, former Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, for Open Palm Films (Simon Amstell’s Benjamin & Pond Life). Making Noise Quietly completed production in 2017, starred Olivier-Award winner Deborah Findlay, Trystan Gravelle (Beast) and featured an original score by Oscar-winning composer Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare In Love).