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Biography

Mark C. Hewitt is a UK-based playwright, theatremaker and stage director.

As a writer, his stage plays include
Prison Dialogues (2021), consisting of alternating/interweaving male and female dialogues, loosely informed by his work as an artist in UK prisons; Labyrinth (2019), an English version of a Portuguese theatre monologue developed in collaboration with actress Marta Carvalho, and The Revenge Fantasy Club (2012), a café play that was nominated for Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe 2013. He has collaborated on two live literature productions with composer Peter Copley: Scrublands (2012), a multimedia site-specific performance with live music for string sextet, and Expiry tbc (2013), for looped cello and live and recorded voices. In 2013, a grant from the Artists International Development Fund allowed him to collaborate with Norwegian sampling percussionist, Thomas Strønen, leading to a full-length theatre work, Civilization and its Discontents: 11 Movements for Theatre (still in development). A stand-alone section of the play, Songs of the Chambermaids, was the focus of a theatre residency hosted by Academia de Teatro TinBra, in Braga, Portugal. It was also filmed as a digital theatre sequence, earning a 4 star review.

His enigmatic poem sequence,
Les Coffrets, was developed in 2020 as a collection of micro-videos in collaboration with artist Matt Parsons, which have variously been screened at over 35 international short film festivals in more than 15 countries, including winners laurels at Cult Critic Movie Awards in Calcutta, New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich, New York Tri-State International Film Festival and Hastings Rocks International Film Festival, as well as winning two Outstanding Achievement awards at Berlin Flash Film Festival.

As a stage director, he has directed over 20 original live literature and theatre productions, including 
Dementia Diaries (2009/2011) by Maria Jastrzębska, which toured to UK schools of medicine supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award; Roll Over Atlantic, a one man show by Caribbean-British poet John Agard (2015); Dora vs Picasso, a flamenco theatre piece with text by poet Grace Nichols (2015); and Zones of Avoidance by Maggie Sawkins, which was 2013 winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. He has also directed his own plays.

He has collaborated with visual artists on a number of installation projects, including
Polska by the Sea (a celebration of Eastbourne's Polish community with photographer Lisa Barnard, Eastbourne Station 2009); Congregation, a narrative in poem form for an autobiographical video installation by photographer Malcolm Glover filmed in Ireland and England (2016); and a text (Harty Triptych) carved into two resting points by sculptor Alun Heslop on the Isle of Harty Cycle Trail in Kent. He has worked on various socially engaged projects with vulnerable or marginalised individuals, including The Lost Room, with homeless people in Canterbury; Diving into the Wreck, a multimedia production developed in Portsmouth with addicts in recovery; and Penned Up, a strand of literature festivals in prisons recognised nationally in The Big Issue's list of 'Top 100 Changemakers of 2020'.

He is founder and Artistic Director of 
LLL Productions (a live literature production company) and Blank Productions (focused on interdisciplinary collaborations). In 2010, he co-founded intercultural performing arts company, Crosspath, with Caribbean-British poets John Agard and Grace Nichols. In 2018 he co-founded Penned Up with writer / reading activist David Kendall (focused on arts projects within the criminal justice system).

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