Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Melbourne based maker, performer, dramaturg and director. He trained at the VCA (Performance Creation, Directing) and Monash (Performing Arts), has studied with Philippe Gaulier and is an International Fellow of Shakespeare’s Globe in London. His work often has a strong connection to classical text and always to present social-political realities. He believes in a dramaturgy-led postdramatic theatre of ideas, influenced especially by Shakespeare, Brecht and Heiner Müller, a theatre which is both challenging and thoroughly entertaining. His adaptation of Richard II (with Olivia Monticciolo) played at the Brisbane Festival (Theatre Republic) and explores the recent political dramas of federal Australian politics, with an eye on personality- and gender-politics, systemic failures and a passionate desire for change. This follows his self-devised solo performance works To Keep Men In Awe (a quasi-biography of the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe), and Unsex Me (a drag show remix of Lady Macbeth, packed with whispered confessions and booming self-mockery). He has directed plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dennis Kelly, Louis Nowra, Joyce Carol Oates and others, and has been involved in development of new work with many Melbourne based artists and collectives.

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