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Mark Hadlow, ONZM, has been a professional actor and director for over 40 years. Performances on stage, in film, television, corporate entertainment, and voice overs in the thousands have established him as a robust and credible industry professional.

Mark is particularly devoted to live performance and has worked at nearly all the professional companies in New Zealand, from 2nd spear carrier on the right to supporting characters and finally leads in many, many productions, making him a draw card on any stage.

MAMIL (Middle Aged Man in Lycra) written by good friend Gregory Cooper has been playing to New Zealand audiences for 8 years and accumulated a following of over 65,000 people and still counting. Return seasons in most main centres have been as packed as the first time.

His film career has seen him performing in many Peter Jackson movies, The Hobbit; King Kong; Mortal Engines and Meet the Feebles, a cult spectacular. A film made in Motueka by Stef Harris, partnered Mark up with long-time friend and colleague Jed Brophy to play the co leads in Blue Moon, which has won multiple best film awards around the world at film festivals. In 2020, Blue Moon was invited to play at the Cannes Film Festival and Mark won Best Actor in the IPFF in Italy in 2022. Die Like a Shark, a film produced by mate Shane Rangi saw Mark pick up best supporting actor for his role as a South African kick boxing coach.

Covid having decimated the entertainment industry, especially live theatre, has been the driver for Mark in establishing the Professional Theatre Company in Nelson, to reengage with the community on how important live theatre performance is for the future of local professional talent and our next generations of up-and-coming talent.

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