With a gift for storytelling, Mark has worked across several performing arts’ genres, first and foremost as an actor, and also as a writer, producer and sound designer.
Mark is a Helpmann Award winner (Best Male Actor in a Play), for Leah Purcell’s acclaimed adaption of The Drover’s Wife, and has twice been nominated Best Supporting Actor at the AACTA Awards, for Last Cab to Darwin and Pawno. He also won a Film Critics’ Circle of Australia Award for Last Cab to Darwin and was awarded the Casting Guild of Australia’s inaugural Sirius Award for New Talent of the Future.
Mark’s most recent screen credits include Channel Nine’s Halifax; ABC’s Les Norton, KGB and Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell; and Lucy Durack’s writing debut, Lift, for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the 2019 Melbourne WebFest Awards. He also presented the ABC documentary Will Australia Ever Have a Black Prime Minister?
In 2018, Mark voiced the character of Crash in the gaming world’s long-awaited Call of Duty Black Ops 4, for PlayStation. He is an in-demand voice artist for animation, documentary and audiobooks.
He works as a sound designer under the alias Kalaji, which is a Nyikina word for ‘whirlwind’, originating from the Mardoowarra River of far north Western Australia. His 2019 show Night River was his first major experimental work and played at the Yirramboi festival in Melbourne. He has producing across an array of genres and projects, including the sound for Ilbijerri Theatre Company’s 2018 production of Which Way Home.
Recent theatre acting credits include Bottomless (FortyFiveDownstairs); both seasons of Bliss (Malthouse and Belvoir St); and The Man with the Iron Neck (Legs on the Wall theatre company). He was also in Jandamarra, under the direction of Phil Thompson, and Wulamanayuwi and Seven Pamanuas, directed by Noel Jordan for the Darwin Festival.
Previous screen credits include the short film Miro, directed by Victoria Wharfe McIntyre; Picnic at Hanging Rock; Doctor Doctor; US series Hunters, for the SyFy Network; Old School, opposite Bryan Brown and Sam Neill; The Gods of Wheat Street; a lead guest in the hit American comedy Modern Family; Hard Rock Medical, a co-production between SBS TV and Canada’s TV Ontario; and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, among others.
Mark has a certificate in Aboriginal Theatre from WAAPA and a Bachelor in Indigenous Studies. He as worked under the guidance of Gary Crew as part of the Indigenous Mentorship Program for the Australian Society of Authors. In 2007 he won the Yvonne Cohen Award from the VCA Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts. In 2008 he took out a grant from ScreenWest for the short film Layoordoo, which he wrote, co-produced and directed, while also featuring in a supporting role. Layoordoo screened at Toronto’s ImagiNATIVE Film Festival.
Mark is a proud Nyikina man.