MARK SANDS

Creative Director

Mark Sands studied at the University of Warwick and trained at East 15 Acting School. He has worked as an actor, writer and producer for several years and after leaving drama school became one of the co-directors of the Angels Theatre Company, performing in THE FOOTBALLER'S WIFE (Riverside Studios) and COME DANCING (Old Red Lion Theatre). He also wrote and acted in two trilogy productions for the company: CELEBS (Old Red Lion Theatre) and HEADSTORMS (Etcetera Theatre). Additional acting credits include A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Duke of Yorks), DON JUAN (Southwark Playhouse), THE DANCE OF DEATH (White Bear), BOYFRIENDS (Channel 4) and BODY STORY (Wall to Wall TV Ltd).

In 2002, he became the Director of Development and Administration at Studio Theatre on the campus of North Westminster Community School, programming 3 seasons per year of drama, music and dance for a predominantly young audience. During this time he joined Deafinitely Theatre as a founding trustee and later was employed by the company to assist in its development. In 2006, he left Studio Theatre to commit full-time to Deafinitely Theatre as their General Manager, a role that developed into being Executive Director, where he stayed until September 2015. During this time, he produced work at Shakespeare’s Globe, Soho Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Park Theatre and several national UK tours.

In 2009, he co-founded The Blueprint Theatre Company, where he acted in and jointly produced the critically acclaimed THIS STORY OF YOURS and WOMEN LAUGHING, both at the Old Red Lion Theatre, and produced  the 5 star production of FROZEN (Park Theatre) in 2015.

In 2014, Mark co-founded Ardent Theatre Company with Andrew Muir launching with a co-production of John Van Druten’s FLOWERS OF THE FOREST at Jermyn Street Theatre, gaining 5 star reviews and an extended run. In May 2015, Ardent produced PARTY LINES - an evening of 5 newly commissioned short plays written in response to the General Election – establishing a brand for the type of work we want to produce.

Mark continues to work as a freelance writer and producer, and is also part-time Finance Manager for Boundless Theatre.

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