MARK BELL

markcloche@gmail.com    www.markbell.info

Agent: The Markham Agency  02078364111  info@themarkhamagency.com

 

Teaching Experience/Directing/Employment

2016                            The Comedy About a Bank Robbery        Director

New Mischief Theatre show previewing at The Criterion Theatre from 31st March 2016

2015                            Ma Este Megbukunk                      Director

Hungarian language version of The Play That Goes Wrong at Central Szinhaz in Budapest 

2015                            The Titanic Orchestra                Comedy Director

Edinburgh Festival production starring John Hannah

2015                            The Revenger’s Tragedy                 Director

Directing the MA Classical student’s first public show.  14th – 17th April 2015.

2014                            Uncle Vanya                          Comedy Director

New translation at the St James Theatre by Anya Reiss starring John Hannah

2014 - Current                   The Play That Goes Wrong             Director

Mischief Theatre’s play transferred from the Old Red Lion in Islington to Trafalgar studios in the west end for two runs, then appeared at the Pleasance for the Edinburgh Festival in 2013.  After a national tour (January – July 2014) it transferred to The Duchess Theatre in the West End in September.  It is booking to September 2015.

 

2011 - present                        Central School of Speech               Course Tutor

 and Drama

Neutral Mask, Chorus, Commedia del Arte and Clown for the MA Classical Acting course

 

2012 – present           Florida State University                  Course Tutor

Classes in Movement and Clown for the second year Theatre students at the FSU London Study Centre

 

2013 – present           Central School of Speech               Course Tutor

                                    and Drama

Animal study, Elements, Matters and application to text.  Clown and Shakespeare Comedy for the BA (Musical Theatre) course

 

2013                            East 15 Acting School                      Director

Directing ‘Pieces’ the showcase for the final year BA Physical Theatre students, to be performed 23rd May at The Drillhall, London

 

2012 - present                        Latymer Upper School                     LAMDA Teacher

Tutoring years 7-13 for LAMDA exams and audition practice.

 

February 2013           Cours Florent                                   Masterclass

3 day course in Dramatic Chorus and Melodrama.

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June 2012                  A Proposal                                         Movement Director

Movement direction for an original short film by Hywel John.

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May 2012                   St Augustines School                                  Course Tutor

Day workshops on storytelling and Mime.

 

 

2012                            East 15 Acting School                      Director

Directing ‘Cheap Thrills’, a showcase of new written and devised work by the BA Physical Theatre graduating students to be performed at the Drillhall, London in May.

 

2012                            Cours Florent                                   Masterclass

Weekend course on Shakespeare's Clowns from character to text.

 

2012                            East 15 Acting School                      Course Tutor

Classes in Melodrama for the second year of the BA Physical Theatre course.

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2011                            East 15 Acting School                      Director

Directing and leading devising process on 'The Master and Margarita' with the graduating year of the BA Physical Theatre course.

 

2011                            St Augustines School                                  Couse Tutor

Day workshop on Jacques Lecoq’s methodology and influence.

 

2011                            Liquid Theatre                                  Director/writer

Head writer and researcher on 'Colliery Row' and new play set in the Sunderland coalfield of the 1950's.  A Liquid Theatre co-production with SeARED and Northern Stage, performed at Arts Centre Washington.

 

2011                            The Snowfall                                                Director

Premiere of new play by Irish writer/actor Simon Tierney at The Etcetera Theatre, London.

 

2011                            East 15 Acting School                      Director

Directing the final year showcase for the BA Physical Theatre course, performed at the Drillhall, London, May 2011.   

 

2011                            CSVPA                                               Masterclass

Class in Bouffon and its relationship to character and text.  

 

2011                            Cours Florent                                   Masterclass

Lecture demonstration in connecting thought to action from Lecoq's methodology.

 

2010                            UEA                                                    Masterclass

Lecture demonstration for the MA Directing course applying Lecoq's methodology to directing from text.

 

1998-2010                   LAMDA                                             Physical Theatre Tutor

                                                                                                Second Year Tutor

Introducing and developing modules in:

·      le jeu

·      mime and technical movement

·      neutral and character mask

·      interpretive movement (elements, matters, and animal study)

·      clown

·      chorus forms

·      Bouffon

·      Melodrama

Over my 13 years at LAMDA I created programs for all three acting courses in Physical Theatre.  Each program reflected the specific needs of each course (BA Acting, BA Post-Graduate Acting and One Year Classical Acting) and strove to link to other study modules.  For example Bouffon would link into workshops on Restoration Comedy and Shakespearean Tragedy, Chorus forms to Greek Tragedy, Melodrama to Chekhov etc.

As second year tutor I was responsible for the pastoral care of the second year of the BA Acting course and the administrative running of the year.  I also sat on the Academy's Acting Course Board and Academic Board contributing to policy and course development.

 

2009                            ITACA,  Puglia, Italy                         Course Tutor

Course on Shakespeare’s Clowns working from character to text.

                                                                                               

2007-8                                     Carnegie Mellon University           Course Tutor/Director

Pittsburgh, USA. 

Commedia project.  Classes in Commedia del Arte and  Bouffon leading to the production of two outdoor touring shows, 'A Servant to Two Masters' and 'Scapin'.

 

2004                            Red Snapper                                      Movement Director

Movement direction for the video of ‘Image of You’ by Red Snapper.

 

2001-3                         Royal Academy of Music                 Head of acting for opera

Developing a program of acting for Opera singers reflecting their particular needs.

 

2001                            GSA                                                    Course Tutor

Clown course over two terms for Acting and Musical Theatre students.

 

2000                            Royal College of Music                   Course Tutor

Acting and movement courses for Opera singers.

 

1994-96                       University of East Anglia                 Course Tutor

Various short courses on movement, le jeu, chorus and melodrama.

 

1992-96                       MADCAP Theatre Trust                 Course Tutor

Short courses in clown melodrama and bouffon.

 

1987-90                       Milton Keynes Arts Trust                           Assistant Manager

Responsible of performance related activities, venue creation and management.

 

Directing at Drama Schools

 

2013                            Pieces                                                  East 15

2012                            Cheap Thrills                                      East 15

2011                            The Master & Margarita                    East 15

2011                            Classic Cuts                                        East 15

2010                            Breathing Corpses                              LAMDA

2008                            Comedians                                          LAMDA

2008                            A Servant to Two Masters                 Carnegie Mellon

2008                            Scapin                                                 Carnegie Mellon

2007                            Agamemnon                                        LAMDA

2006                            Antigone                                             LAMDA

2005                            Electra                                                 LAMDA

2004                            Marat/Sade                                          LAMDA

2004                            The Bacchae                                        LAMDA

2002                            The Crucible                                       LAMDA

 

 

Education

 

 

1990-92           Ecole Internationale de Theatre, Jaques Lecoq.  Certificate of completion for the 2 year Professional Acting course.

 

1983-86           Creative and Performing Arts, University of Northumbria at Newcastle. BA (hons) 2:1

 

 

 

 

Professional Experience in Theatre

 

  • Co-Artistic Director of Liquid Theatre.  Shows include Crave, Feeding Time, Endgame and Cowboy Mouth all at BAC and touring.  Currently in development:  Chimeras by Fin Kennedy, a modern Jacobean Tragedy devised with the Company, funded by ACE and If You Were Mine (formerly Colliery Row) a new touring play opening at Arts Centre Washington in September 2012, in association with Northern Stage and also funded by ACE.

 

  • I have directed shows with Natural Perspectives Theatre Company and the puppet company Garlic Theatre as well as with my own company Liquid Theatre and The Snowfall by Simon Tierney and the Etcetera Theatre.

 

  • As an actor I have played a wide range of roles and produced original work with companies such as Commotion and Hoipolloi and have performed in all but one Liquid Theatre show.

 

  • Have worked as a movement director for many shows at LAMDA and elsewhere, collaborating with directors such as Penny Cherns and Helena Kaut-Howson as well as working in commercial video and TV.

 

  • In 2011 I established Clown Group with actor Charlotte Riley, a laboratory for research into comedic forms for and with professional actors.  Charlotte is an ex-LAMDA student, now a successful film and TV actor.