Mark is an arts leader and administrator bringing together his leadership skills honed during his time as a school principal and his nine years as part of the Opera Queensland Management team. His work experience in addition to his formal learnings from a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Education in Leadership and management assist him to create and lead innovative performing arts experiences throughout Queensland. As Director of Learning, Regional and Community, Mark oversees the company's education, community, regional touring, commercial and corporate work.
Mark led Project Puccini, a world-first initiative by Opera Queensland, in collaboration with eight regional Queensland cities, which gave hundreds of everyday people the opportunity to perform in the chorus of a new, professional staged production of La bohème. Nothing to this scale had ever been attempted before. Mark presented an abstract on this project at the 2015 International Arts Health Conference, subsequently being presented with an award for Excellence in Arts Health in Regional Australia.
In 2012 and 2013 Mark held the position of Chair of the Australia Council’s Major Performing Arts Education group.
Prior to his time at Opera Queensland, he was Principal of Stonehenge State School (2006-2007) and Lundavra State School (2008-2009)
See Mark at Access to the Regions and Sing Sing Sing