Mark Howett - Artistic Director
Western Australian Mark Howett is a director for theatre, dance, opera and film, having started his career initially as a lighting designer. He studied Theatre Design, specialising in Lighting Design at the School of Drama 1981, Yale University. Since 1979, Mark Howett has worked with many international theatre, film, dance, and opera companies. He was a senior creative on productions such as: Sweeney Todd, Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Cabaret at Savoy Theatre West End, Evita at Dominion Theatre West End, A Country Girl at Apollo Theatre West End, Rites Bangarra and Australian Ballet at Paris Opera House, Cloudstreet Co B Belvoir at Brooklyn Academy of Music and Secret River Sydney Theatre Co to name a few.
Mark is a co-creatorof The Farm, which has toured his productions to festivals of Venice Biennial, Sydney, Perth, Singapore, Tanz im August (Stuttgardt), Theater Spektacle (Zurich) and the Barbican Theatre London. He recently directed and conceived a dance theatre piece a German / Australian collaboration with the Farm Collective called “Good Little Soldier”. In 2005 he directed and co-wrote the ABC short film Gangu Mama as part of the Deadly Yarns initiative for the ABC. Kura Tunga was a highlight for Mark in 2005 working as Cinematographer Lighting and Vision Designer with the Australian Arts Orchestra; the production won the Robert Helpmann Award for Best Presented Concert.
West End Credits include: Evita 2014 Dominion Theatre, Cabaret 2012 Savoy Theatre, Three Days in May 2011 Trafalgar Studios. A Country Girl 2010 Apollo Theatre. Dreamboats and Petticoats 2009 Savoy Theatre | A Daughter is a Daughter 2009 Trafalgar Studios.
Awards: Robert Helpmann Award for Cloudstreet, Director: Neil Armfield, 2002, Lighting Design Robert Helpmann Award as „Best Presented Concert“ for Kura Tunga, Australian Arts Orchestra, Lighting and Video for the production, Greenroom Award 2006 Best Lighting Design for The Love of three Oranges, Opera Australia, Lighting Design. Greenroom Award 2009 for Roadkill, Splintergroup,
Mark was Coordinator of Lighting Course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University from 1996 to 2000. He continues to teach at NIDA and at Edith Cowan University. He is currently the artistic director for Ochre Contemporary Dance Co.