Mark Gaal (Director Vocational Studies)
Director of Vocational Studies
A graduate of the University of Queensland and NIDA, Mark has directed productions for Australia’s leading performing arts organisations including Sydney Theatre Company (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Trackers of Oxyrhynchus), Company B Belvoir (Drums of Thunder, Cockroach Opera), and Opera Australia (the Australian premiere of Lulu).
As Director of Australian Theatre for Young People, his productions included Spring Awakening, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet and the premiere of All Stops Out, which toured internationally.
Mark worked in the UK and Germany for The Really Useful Group, and 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, and 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, his productions include Orfeo, Juditha Triumphans, L’anima del filosofo, Griselda, The Chimneysweep and The Coronation of Poppea - "Director Mark Gaal has an excellent record with his five previous Pinchgut Opera productions and his interpretation of Poppea is equally satisfying" (The Australian)
As NIDA’s Director of Vocational Studies, Mark is responsible for the creation and delivery of the Certificate III in Live Production and Services, Diploma of Musical Theatre, Diploma of Live Production and Technical Services, Diploma of Screen and Media (Specialist Make-up Services) and the Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance.