Mark Grentell

Mark Grentell

Director and Writer

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. Mark’s background is as a performer; stand up comedian and comedy writer.

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, High School Musical and the 25th Annual 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, Belvoir, Gordon Frost Organisation, Arts Asia Pacific and New Theatricals. He specialises in musical theatre and has worked as the Resident Director on Australian touring musicals including Ave Q (Arts Asia Pacific), Spring Awakening (STC), and Rock of Ages (New Theatricals). Mark was also Assistant Director to Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) on the new musical Doctor Zhivago.

Mark is the Director, Co-writer and Producer of the Australian feature film, Backyard Ashes,, Suncorp, The Professional which was his feature film directorial  debut. He has also directed TVCs for Doctors Without Borders and IGIFTWINE as well as corporate film projects for Macquarie University, Suncorp, The professional Stadards Council and UNSW. Mark is currently working on the screenplay for The Road to 74, the true story of the 1974 Socceroos, is preparing to shoot his 2nd feature film, The Merger in late 2017 and has recently established a Virtual Reality Company, Spectre VR.



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