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. His adaptation of Richard II (with Olivia Monticciolo) next plays at the Brisbane Festival (Theatre Republic) and explores the recent political dramas of federal Australian politics, with a critical eye on personality and gender politics, systemic failures and a passionate desire for change.
This follows his self-devised solo performance works Rachel’s Performance, 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, which continues to divide audiences across Australia).
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.
He has directed plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Dennis Kelly, Louis Nowra, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Kelly and others, and has been involved in development of new work with many Melbourne based artists and collectives.