Mark was Born and raised in regional NSW in the City of Wagga Wagga. He has always been an active member of his community and in 2005 he was named Young Wagga Citizen of the Year for his contributions to theatre and youth in his community. Mark’s background is as a performer; stand up comedian and comedy writer.
In 2008 Mark graduated from NIDA with a post-graduate degree in directing studies. After graduating from NIDA Mark has worked for many of Australia’s major theatre companies and organisations including STC, Griffin, Belvoir, Gordon Frost Organisation, Arts Asia Pacific and New Theatricals. He specialises in musical theatre and has worked as the Resident Director on Australian musicals including Spring Awakening (STC) and Rock of Ages (New Theatricals). Mark was also Assistant Director to Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) on the new musical Doctor Zhivago.
Mark is the Director, Co-writer and Producer of the Australian feature film Backyard Ashes. The film was shot with by Cinematographer Damian Wyvill (Australia, The Great Gatsby, Goddess). Backyard Ashes was his feature film directorial debut and went on to be one of the most successful Australian films of the year. Mark is currently working on 2 new feature film projects. he is writing the screenplay of the untold story of the 1974 World Cup Socceroos team in a film entitled “74” and is directing the feature film adaptation of comedian Damian Callinan’s award winning stage play “The Merger”.
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