Mark Babych

Mark is an experienced and award winning director working across Theatre, Film, and Trans-Media projects. He has directed a wide range of classic and contemporary theatre, new plays and Shakespeare and over 100 professional productions.

His work has been seen throughout the UK, Republic of Ireland, and Europe including an invitation to direct at the Vanemuine Theatre in Estonia and a transfer of his production Europe to the Moscow Arts Theatre. He has twice won prestigious fringe first awards at the Edinburgh festival and several Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. 

For 10 years Mark was the Artistic Director of the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, where he directed over 47 productions, including work by Arthur Miller, Shakespeare, Martin McDonagh, Conor McPherson, and new plays by Tanika Gupta, Alan Plater and Les Smith. He has held senior posts at several theatres including Associate Director of Oldham Coliseum and Worcester Swan Theatre and Associate Artist at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Theatre Absolute for whom he directed the award winning Street Trilogy. Other work includes: Blonde Bombshells of 1943 (Hampstead Theatre and UK tour), Wuthering Heights (Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Welsh Tour), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Lamda), Auto (Vanemuine Theatre, Estonia), All The Way Home (Library Theatre in Association with The Lowry), and Associate Director in charge of the 2011 production of the Olivier Award winning The Railway Children. His current projects include Creative Director of ‘The Complete History of Drinking in the Northern Quarter’ – a trans-media project for Northern Quarter Stories, alongside Clore Fellow and Artist Michael Trainor and Clore Fellow and Cultural Communications expert Lesa Dryburgh and is a Creative Director of LittleBigman Films.  His film and television work includes Blackburn for Littlebigman films, Burner and Bedlam for ALRA North and Coronation Street for ITV, where he trained in single and multi-camera direction.  He is also an experienced director of actors in training receiving invitations to direct at LIPA, RADA, LAMDA, ALRA and Manchester School of Theatre.