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 is Artistic Associate with Pinchgut Opera where his productions include Orfeo, Juditha Triumphans, L’anima del filosofo, Griselda and The Chimneysweep. He recently directed a staging of Bach's Cantata BWV211 for the inaugural Brisbane Baroque festival.
As NIDA’s Director of Vocational Studies, Mark is responsible for the creation and delivery of Diploma level courses.