Mark is a director, writer, and producer.
He has been Artistic Director of The Faction since 2008.
He read Drama at the University of Manchester 2000-2004, trained as an actor at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2005-2006, and as a director at the National Theatre Directors' Course and as assistant to Anthony Page on Design for Living at the Old Vic in 2011.
From 2006-2009, Mark worked as Associate Producer of Giudecca Productions, developing new musical Odette by Alexander Bermange (Bridewell Theatre, 2007), which he also directed, and Glyn Maxwell's Mimi and the Stalker (Theatre503, 2008).
In 2010, Mark became an Associate of both the Write Now Festival in South London, and The Story Project, and has worked with both organisations since to develop emerging and early-career writers at a grass roots level through mentorship, dramaturgy and productions. For the Write Now Festival, Mark has directed The Bitch from Brixton by Kate Gallon, The Laundry by Joe Ward Munrow, The Magic Hour by Martin McNamara, Box Chicken by Max Katz, and Dog Country by Joseph Wilde. For The Story Project, he has directed Amanah by Gareth Jandrell, Luminosity by Emily Juniper, Surface to Air by Jon Barton and Raising of the Soho Dead by Sharon Clark.
Since 2008, Mark has been Associate Director on Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful adapted and directed by Simon Reade, directing the fourth, fifth and sixth actors to take the role, for UK tours, the Edinburgh Festival, Hong Kong, and the National Theatre / Scamp Theatre co-production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End.
Other freelance directing credits include Discretion and the Mouthpiece (Contact Theatre),Medea (Stephen Joseph Studio), Eden's Itch / Ensuite Lies (Edinburgh Festival), Of Sound Mind (New Diorama Theatre / Riverside Studios), and A Fine Line (Theatre de Colombier / Assembly Rooms).
In 2008, Mark established The Faction with a vision of creating a European-style permanent ensemble, in a home venue, with a rolling repertoire of plays. The company has been an Associate Company of New Diorama Theatre since 2010 and won the Peter Brook Award 2012 and the Off West End Award 2013, both as Best Ensemble. Mark was nominated as Best Artistic Director at the London Theatre Awards for Rep Season 2012 and was a Best Director nominee at the Off West End Awards 2013 for Mary Stuart.
Mark's writing for theatre includes adaptations of Highsmith's The Talented Mr Ripley(nominated for four Off West End Awards), Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkmann, Pirandello's Man with the Flower in his Mouth and five Schiller plays (with co-adaptor Daniel Millar). His writing about theatre includes articles for the Guardian, the National Theatre, the Old Vic and his first book Catching the Light: Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Bealepublished by Oberon Books. Forthcoming work includes the book and lyrics for new musical Malicious Aloysius and the biography of Simon Russell Beale, also published by Oberon.
Mark is a chair of Platforms at the National Theatre, a visiting Director at the American School in London, and adjunct faculty at Syracuse University London lecturing in Shakespeare studies.
In The Faction's Season 2015/2016 he will be directing The Talented Mr Ripley and Richard III and his productions of Faust, Man with the Flower in His Mouth, Medea and John Gabriel Borkmann will be revived. His new short play Morder and solo adaptations of Schiller's Joan of Arc and Browning's My Last Duchess will be directed by Rachel Valentine Smith as part of Reptember Reloaded.
For The Faction:
Richard III (2016, 2008)
Joan of Arc (2015, co-directed with Rachel Valentine Smith)
The Talented Mr Ripley (2015)
Reptember (2014): John Gabriel Borkmann, Dogs Dialogue, Medea, Man with the Flower in his Mouth, Faust
The Robbers (2014, 2010)
Three Sisters (2013)
A Midsummer Night's Dream (2012, 2011)
Miss Julie (2012)
Mary Stuart (2012)
Twelfth Night (2012, 2009)
Arabian Nights (2011)
The Odyssey (2011)
Strindberg's Apartment (2010)
Canterbury Tales (2010)
Intrigue and Love (2010)
The Tempest (2010)