Mark’s love affair with the theatre started at the early age of seven when he attended drama classes at the Auckland Youth Theatre. During his school years he appeared in a number of productions at Central, New Independent and Mercury theatres. He graduated from the national drama school at the age of 22 and worked extensively in professional theatre throughout New Zealand.
His stage highlights include: The Dumb Waiter; The Diary of Anne Frank; The Seagull; Foreskin’s Lament; Bounces; Aunt Daisy; After the Crash; Othello; The Threepenny Opera; Suspect; The Rocky Horror Show; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Underwater Melon Man and A Way of Life. In 2015 Mark returned to the Auckland stage in Silo Theatre’s production of Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography and was nominated for an award in The Auckland Theatre Awards. Mark is thrilled to be back at The Court so soon after debuting in The Streaker last year.
Mark is perhaps best known to New Zealand audiences for his screen work, appearing in over 25 television series including Peppermint Twist; LaughNZ; The Billy T James Show; What Now; Shortland Street; Bread and Roses; Issues with McPhail and Gadsby; That Comedy Show; Newsflash and Comedy Central; and continues to work as a host and MC for numerous live and televised events. More recently, he has appeared in Go Girls; Nothing Trivial; Agent Anna; Harry and the new series of Terry Teo. Mark has won two New Zealand film and television awards, both for best performance.
A founding member of ‘The Improvisers’ in Wellington, Mark is a regional, national and international Theatresports champion, representing New Zealand at improv festivals in Sydney, New York and Amsterdam. In 2016 he appeared in an improvised version of Downton Abby at Centrepoint Theatre. In the corporate world Mark is in high demand as a MC, conference facilitator, guest speaker and presenter coach.
Despite all of this Mark is still remembered as New Zealand’s original ‘Oddfellow’!