Mark Barford is an Australian born stage director, playwright and teacher based in New York City. He specializes in the development of new work and the reimagining of classics.
Most recently he co-wrote & directed the off-off Broadway production of Hadrian & Antinous (Lenfest Centre for the Arts, NY), the Croatian National Theatre production of antidote (CNT, Rijeka) and worked with director Barrie Kosky on La Boheme at the Komische Oper in Berlin, and with Ivo van Hove on Network at the Belasco on Broadway.
His multi award-winning, 5 star production of F*cking Men played at The Vaults London (11 week run), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Assembly Festival), International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and The King's Head Theatre London (multiple sold-out seasons).
As resident director for The Music Theatre Company of W.A/ ICW productions, he directed large-scale productions of The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music, The Mikado, CATS, and Company.
Other highlights include: King Richard II, The Cherry Orchard, Freddie, Dark Meat, The Only Living Boys in South Jersey, Hillary & Monica, The Cat in the Box, and Never Mind the Monsters.
Mark is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). He is a graduate of the Acting Shakespeare program at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Film & Theatre) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary Teaching) from Murdoch University. Mark recently earned an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University, under the tutelage of Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.