Mark Graham

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Mark Graham (19**-). Actor, drama lecturer and award-winning director.

Biography

Born Mark Graham Wilson

Training

Studied acting at the University of Cape Town and completed a B.Dram degree at the University of Stellenbosch. (According to one source he was a graduate of UCT and Wits).

Career

He began his career as an actor with CAPAB drama in 1983 and started directing in 1984. He was a company member of CAPAB from 1984 to 1987 and Resident Director of NAPAC’s Loft and Drama Companies in 1988 and 1989. He returned to Cape Town in 1990. He became a lecturer in the Department of Drama at the University of Stellenbosch (1991-199*). In 199* he left to follow a enormously profitable professional career, working for CAPAB, Pieter Toerien Productions and a number of other companies on a free-lance basis. In the late 1990s he also turned to directing for television and later became head of the television section of City Varsity in Cape Town.


Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

Acted for a variety of companies, e.g. for CAPAB in Measure for Measure, Maynardville (1987) and playing Bouller in Good (1990), Skylight, Indiscretions,

He directed acclaimed student productions at Stellenbosch of A Midsummer Night's Dream (199*), Sweeney Todd (1989*), and Hello and Goodbye (19**).

He manipulated puppets in Robert Hewett’s Gulls which Keith Grenville directed in 1987/1988.

He directed I Was King for Pieter Toerien at the Richard Haines Theatre in 1992. He directed Hugh Whitemore’s The Best of Friends in 1993. He directed Bob Randall’s The Fan in 1994. He directed Giles Havergal’s Travels with my Aunt at the Leonard Rayne Theatre in August 1994.

Since then he has directed many productions for various managements including The Lisbon Traviata and The Best of Friends for Pieter Toerien.

As resident director at NAPAC he was responsible for productions such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1989) and Kvetch. He directed Almost the Sound of Music (CAPAB, 1994) , and Master Class and Love! Valour! Compassion! in 1996.

He directed Master Class (1996), Burning Blue (1996), Children of the Wolf (1997).

Directed All in the Timing, Fiela's Child - The Musical, Kinkels innie Kabel, Taking Sides, Opdrag: Ingrid Jonker, Karnaval (1995), Sleepvoet (1998), The American Popess (2001), Hello and Goodbye (Tesson Theatre and Baxter Theatre 2008)

Awards

Starting with the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors in 1991 he went on to win numerous Vita Awards and Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards as best director during the 90s.

Nominated Indiscretions, Skylight.

Sources

In the Summer of 1918 theatre programme notes, 1990.

National Arts Festival programmes, 1994 and 1996.

Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

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