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Biography

Mark C. Hewitt is a UK-based writer, theatremaker and stage director.

As a writer, his café play, 
The Revenge Fantasy Club, was nominated for Best New Play Award at Brighton Fringe Festival 2013. He has collaborated on two live literature productions with composer Peter Copley: Scrublands (2012), a multimedia site-specific performance with live music for string sextet, and Expiry tbc (2013), for looped cello and live and recorded voices. In 2013, he received a grant from the Artists International Development Fund to initiate a new collaboration with Norwegian sampling percussionist, Thomas Strønen, leading to a full-length theatre work, Civilization and its Discontents: 11 Movements for Theatre (still in development). Other stage plays include Labyrinth (2019), a new English version of a Portuguese stage monologue translated and developed as a production in collaboration with actress Marta Carvalho, and Prison Dialogues (2020), consisting of interweaving male and female dialogues loosely informed by his work as an artist in UK prisons. His enigmatic poem sequence Les Coffrets was developed as a collection of micro-videos in collaboration with artist Matt Parsons; these miniature works earning a plethora of laurels at International short film festivals, including category winner at Cult Critic Movie Awards in Calcutta, New York Tri-State International Film Festival and New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich, as well as two Outstanding Achievement Awards at Berlin Flash Film Festival.

As a stage director, Mark C. Hewitt was awarded a 'cultural leadership bursary' in 2006 to study directing, particularly within the sphere of 'performed literature', and has since gone to direct over 20 original live literature and theatre productions. Key works include 
Dementia Diaries (2009/2011) by Maria Jastrzębska (which toured to UK schools of medicine supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award); Roll Over Atlantic, a one man show by Caribbean poet John Agard (2015); Dora vs Picasso, a Flamenco theatre piece with text by Grace Nichols (2015), and Zones of Avoidance by Maggie Sawkins, which was 2013 winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry.

He has collaborated on many visual art installations, including
Polska by the Sea (with photographer Lisa Barnard, Eastbourne Station 2009), Body of Writing, featuring texts developed with prisoners at HMP Erlestoke (Salisbury Cathedral, 2017) and narrative in poem form for Congregation, an autobiographical video installation by photographer Malcolm Glover (2016). His interest in the use of text in the public realm has led to permanent works on the Isle of Sheppey, including a text commissioned by Francis Knight Public Art Consultancy for two wooden resting points by sculptor Alun Heslop on the Isle of Harty Cycle Trail. He has frequently worked on socially engaged projects with vulnerable or marginalised individuals, notably The Lost Room, with homeless people in Canterbury; Diving into the Wreck, a multimedia production developed in Portsmouth with addicts in recovery; and Penned Up, a strand of prison literature festivals recognised in The Big Issue's list of 'Top 100 Changemakers of 2020'.

He is founder and Artistic Director of 
LLL Productions (a live literature production company) and Blank Productions (focused on interdisciplinary collaborations). In 2010, he co-founded intercultural performing arts company, Crosspath, with Caribbean poets John Agard and Grace Nichols. In 2015 he co-founded ZoA poetry productions with poet Maggie Sawkins. In 2018 he co-founded Penned Up with writer/activist David Kendall, promoting literature festivals in prisons.

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