Mark is a director and lighting designer for theatre, dance, opera and film. He has worked with many Australian and international theatre, film, dance, and opera companies. He has directed and designed with companies such as: Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Adelaide Festival, The Royal Opera at Covent Garden, Australian Broadcasting Commission and The Auckland Opera.
Mark has collaborated with many talented directors such as Neil Armfield, Gale Edwards, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sharman, George Ogilvy and Francesca Zambello. He recently directed a dance theatre piece, which was a German and Australian collaboration with Animal Farm Collective called Be A Good Little Soldier, which opened in Berlin in 2013.
Mark directed Deckchair Theatre Company’s production of Strategy of Two Hams starring Kelton Pell. He was Assistant Director on Conversations with the Dead for Company B (Belvoir), and was part of the collaboration team that re-worked the original script. He was also Assistant Director and designed the lighting and vision for Company B’s production of Gulpilili starring David Gulpillil, directed by Neil Armfield.
Mark was also one of the Artistic Directors that developed the opening ceremony, Kula Pulti, for the Adelaide Festival in 2000. He designed a twenty-metre fire sculpture and devised the ceremony for an audience of twenty thousand. Making the set and lighting design for The Island for Black Swan State Theatre Company gave Mark the chance to work with acclaimed South African Director Jerry Mofokeng during 2004.
Mark has designed the lighting for many productions that have toured extensively in Australia and overseas. Cloudstreet, which Howett won the Helpmann Award for Lighting Design (2002), toured to New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Theatre London and The Kennedy Centre Washington, Zurich, and nationally in Australia. Mark designed the lighting for the Royal Opera at Convent Garden’s production of Sweeney Todd.
Mark’s lighting for Opera Australia’s production, For the Love of Three Oranges, directed by Francesca Zambello, toured in 2007. Redesigning the set and lighting design of Il Trovatore for Opera Australia was a chance to work with the paintings of Sidney Nolan.