Mark Howett, born 1963 in Perth, Australia, began his career as a Lighting techncian 1979 at the National Theatre Perth. He studied Theatre Design, specialising in Lighting Design at the School of Drama 1981, Yale University. The Rake Progress 1983 Director: Jim Sharman for Opera Australia was his first significant production design. Since then he has worked both as a Lighting Designer and set designer for international productions in theatre, film, dance and opera and as a Director for film and theatre. He has worked together, among others, with the Directors Gale Edwards | Buried Child, 2002| , Geoffrey Rush Popular Mechanicals, 1994 | Niel Armfield Royal Opera at Convent Garden Sweeny Todd, 2004 | Jerry Mofoking | The Island, 2005| , and with many theatrical companies such as Opera Australia Love of Three Oranges, 2004 |
Many of his works are or have successfully toured in Australia and oversea No Sugar, 1990 Up the Road, 1996 and As You Like It, 2000, Director: Neil Armfield, lighting design and Co-director | Norma 1999, Opera Australia, Director George Olivgy Lighting Design | Rites, 1999 and Amalgamate, 2006, The Australian Ballet & Bangarra Dance Theatre, Choreographer: Stephen Page, simulcasted by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, touring: City Center, New York, 1999, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, 2009, Lighting Design | Crying Baby, 2003, Stalker Theatre Company, Director: Rachel Swain, touring: Cultura Inglesia Festival, Sao Paulo, Netherlands, Belgium and Ireland, Lighting Design | Conversations With The Dead, 2003, Co-director and script development and Gulpilili, 2004, Lighting and Vision Design, Company B Belvoir St.
| he lit the national and European tours of Evita 2009 | Joseph and his Technicoloured Coat 2008 | Blood Brothers 2008, | Spider’s Web 2009 | Then There Were None 2008, Murder on Air 2009 | If I were You 2009, | The Concert They Never Gave 2009 and | Surviving Spike 2009.
In Europe Mark Howett has designed the set for Heute im Raum Lumina Schauspielhaus Koeln 2007. For Animal Farm Collective he designed Foodchain 2008 Freiburg Theater PVC Tanz. (collaboration since 2004) | I’m Not The Only One 2007 Contanza Macras Berlin Volksbühne | Edgar 2009 Sasha Waltz and Guests | and Little Pig 2010 Heildelberg Theatre/ Festspielhaus St. Pölten.
Awards: Robert Helpmann Award (www.helpmannawards.com.au) for Cloudstreet, Director: Neil Armfield, 2002, Lighting Design (touring e.g. Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; The National Theatre, UK; Kennedy Centre, Washington; Theater Spektakel, Zürich and nationally in Australia). Robert Helpman Award as „Best Presented Concert“ for Kura Tunga, Australian Arts Orchestra, Director: Patrick Nolan, 2005 Melbourne Concert Hall, Mark was responsible for Lighting Design, Visual Effects, Concept, Directing, Camera and Editor for the movie Kura Tunga, as part of the production. Greenroom Award 2006 Best Lighting Design for The Love of three Oranges, 2004, Opera Australia, Director: Francesca Zambello.Lighting Design. Greenroom Award 2009 for Roadkill, Splintergroup, 2009, Lighting Design Venice Biennale.
Mark Howett’s work has extended beyond theatre productions, for example In 2005 Mark directed and co-wrote the Australian Broadcast Commission short film Gangu Mama 2005 as part of the Deadly Yarns initiative. He directed and conceived an improvised short feature “Greenhead” 2006. He designed the lighting for the exhibition Landmarks, 1993 at the Australian Museum, Canberra | Artistic team for the opening ceremony of the Adelaide Festival Kura Tunga | 2002, the production Burning, 2000, illumination of the Uluru/Ayers | Nicaragua-concert 1986, Illumination of the Sydney underground tunnelsted a fire Sc. Directed Deckchair’s production of Strategy of Two Hams 2003 | Creaulpture for Lübbenau Artist week closing ceremony 2009. He Directed “The Goat” 2009 for English Theatre Co Berlin. Mark was Coordinator of Lighting Course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University from 1996 to 2000.
Mark Howett is based in Berlin