Mark was born and raised in regional NSW in the City of Wagga Wagga. He has always been an active member of his community and in 2005 he was named Young Wagga Citizen of the Year for his contributions to theatre and youth in his community. In 2004, he completed his Bachelor of Primary Education, specialising in the areas of drama and music. Mark was a tutor and coordinator for the Riverina Young Peoples Theatre and for Outback Theatre for Young People working on a diverse range of youth theatre projects throughout regional NSW. In 2005 Mark was invited to do a mentorship with the New York Theatre Workshop. Mark has also produced and directed award-winning productions of Musicals such as RENT, Beauty and the Beast and the 25thAnnual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Mark has also created a broad selection of award winning cabaret shows.
In 2008 Mark graduated from NIDA with a post graduate degree in Directing studies. Since graduating from NIDA Mark has worked for many of Australia’s major theatre companies and organisations including STC, Griffin, Gordon Frost Organisation, Arts Asia Pacific and New Theatricals. Mark was recently Assistant Director to Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff on the new musical Doctor Zhivago and was the Resident Director on the Australian production of the musical Rock of Ages. Mark is the Artistic Director of Crow Crow Productions, a company that focuses on developing and presenting new works from regionally based artists. Mark is the Co-writer, Producer and Director of the new Australian feature film Backyard Ashes. The film will be his feature film directorial debut.
There is almost 30 years age difference between myself and Peter Cox, yet it never feels more than a day. We seem to always be on the same page, sometimes having the same ideas in different cities at the same time and rarely, if ever, creatively disagreeing. We were best of mates when this started and even closer when it was all said and done. I think that honest and true mateship is present in the film. Mark Grentell
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