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"Under Mark Leipacher's lithe and astute direction, there's the exhilarating sense here that the 11 strong company has purposefully scrubbed their collective memory clean of the play's performance traditions" Paul Taylor, THE INDEPENDENT, **** on Twelfth Night
"Instead of giving us a battle for supremacy between two star performers, Leipacher has come up with an ensemble production that reminds us that Schiller looks back to Shakespeare and forward to John le Carré" Michael Billington, THE GUARDIAN, **** on Mary Stuart
"Mark Leipacher's excellent adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1955 thriller... adaptor-director Leipacher's tense, often abstract staging runs at a high pace... yet another bold ahievement" Daisy Bowie-Sell, TIME OUT, **** on The Talented Mr Ripley
Mark has been Artistic Director of the award-winning ensemble The Faction since 2008.
He was a Best Director nominee short-listed alongside Lucy Bailey and Sean Holmes at the Off West End awards for The Faction's MARY STUART. Other credits for The Faction include: THE ROBBERS (Peter Brook Award); TWELFTH NIGHT (Best Ensemble - Off West End Awards); THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY (4 Off West End Award nominations); RICHARD III; HAMLET; THREE SISTERS; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM; MISS JULIE; ARABIAN NIGHTS; THE ODYSSEY; INTRIGUE AND LOVE; THE TEMPEST; MACBETH
Mark 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. Since 2008, Mark has been the Associate Director on Michael Morpurgo's PRIVATE PEACEFUL adapted and directed by Simon Reade, directing the fourth, fifth and sixth actors to play the role, for the National Theatre / Scamp Theatre co-production at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in the West End, the Edinburgh Festival, Hong Kong and UK tours.
As Associate Director of both the Write Now Festival in South London and The Story Project, Mark has worked to develop emerging and early-career writers at 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.
Other directing includes: DISCRETION AND THE MOUTHPIECE (Contact Theatre); ODETTE (Bridewell Theatre); OF SOUND MIND (Riverside Studios); A FINE LINE (Theatre de Colombier); EDEN'S ITCH (Edinburgh Festival).
Mark's writing for theatre includes adaptations of Highsmith's THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, Ibsen's JOHN GABRIEL BORKMANN, and five Schiller plays. He has written articles for the Guardian, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, and his first book CATCHING THE LIGHT: SAM MENDES AND SIMON RUSSELL BEALE is published 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 both RADA and the American School in London, and adjunct faculty at Syracuse University London lecturing in Shakespeare Studies.