Mark Penzak - writer, director, performer.
My productions have toured schools, festivals and theatres around Australia and overseas. In addition to my own work I also create a particular form of visual theatre with Eliza-Jane Gilchrist and Such As They Are.
Theatre is an ancient, simple (but oh so difficult) method of examining, portraying, weeping for and laughing at, the experience of being human. Having the actor and audience in the same space and living the event simultaneously, creates an experience where we learn about ourselves, recognise humanity in others and as audience, find pleasure in each other's company.
In an age where almost everything is mass produced and repeatable, there is a quality that's uniquely found on stage. Despite it's myriad of strange stylistic devises, theatre is fundamentally true to life. A moment on stage can never be repeated.
I like creating for a wide variety of genres and making work for both children and adults.
My performances often feature innovative sets and puppets combined with storytelling, physical characterisation and recently, musical theatre. The mix is designed to take audiences on an imaginative voyage, lift them from the ordinary and open a more universal perspective.
My principal education is a BA (Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University, followed by further studies with John Bolton, John Wright, Philippe Gaulier and at the Desmond Jones School of Mime in London. I also completed a Master of Design (Film/TV) from Edinburgh College of Art where I explored storytelling techniques that mixed narration with puppetry.