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Mark Gaal
Deputy Director, Learning and Innovation – Vocational Studies Mark Gaal

A graduate of the University of Queensland and NIDA, Mark Gaal has directed plays, musicals and operas in Australia and internationally.

His productions include: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Sydney Theatre Company), The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus (Sydney Theatre Company), Drums of Thunder (Belvoir St), Cockroach Opera (Belvoir St), Simon Boccanegra (Opera Australia), and the Australian premiere production of Lulu for Opera Australia.

As Director of Australian Theatre for Young People, his productions include Spring AwakeningThe Caucasian Chalk CircleThe TempestRomeo and Juliet, and the premiere of All Stops Out, which toured internationally.

Mark worked in the UK, Germany, Canada and the USA for The Really Useful Group, and as Associate Director he was responsible for the German and Australian premieres of Sunset Boulevard. For Hothouse Theatre in Albury-Wodonga, he wrote and directed Such a Storm based on Mahler’s song cycle Kindertotenlieder.

Mark directed live productions for television’s Hi-5 which toured nationally, as well as to Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the UK. He directed a staging of Bach's Cantata BWV211 for the inaugural Brisbane Baroque festival.

For Pinchgut Opera, Mark directed seven productions: OrfeoJuditha triumphansL’anima del filosofoGriselda, The Chimneysweep, The Coronation of Poppea, and Farnace.

Mark represented NIDA at International Theatre Institute/UNESCO theatre festivals in Romania and China. His productions at NIDA include The WatchtowerAs You Like It, The Treatment, Closer, and When The Rain Stops Falling. As NIDA’s Deputy Director – Learning and Innovation (Vocational Education and Training), Mark is responsible for the oversight and review of certificate and diploma-level courses.