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Clare Vidal-Hall Management

Mark Smith is the founder and Artistic Director of Deaf Men Dancing.

Mark was nominated for Best Choreographer for the Off-West-End and Broadway World UK Awards for his work on Ace of Clubs at the Union Theatre.

He choreographed Iolanthe at The Union (Critics Choice & Time Out's Top 10 Musicals of 2010) for which he was nominated Best Choreographer for the Off-West End Awards  and the Boradway World UK Awards.  This production later transferred to Wilton's Music Hall.

His credits also include My Silent World, commission by Michael Ninn and Billy Trevitt (Artistic directors of Ballet Boyz), which was a short film for Channel 4's Random Acts, directed by Luke Aherne.

Mark studied at the Royal Ballet School and Bridget Espinosa's London Studio Centre (voted Best Soloist 1989). He was presented East Anglia's Young Deaf Achiever in 1989, which was awarded by Princess Diana at the Café Royal, London. As a performer he has appeared with dance companies throughout the UK and Europe including Firefly, La Ribot and the Aaron Williamson Dance Company.

MGCfutures Bursary

I was delighted to receive an award to be one of the recipients of The MGCfutures Bursary 2022.

MGCfutures Bursaries exist to support theatre practitioners to develop their careers in the industry.


The bursary assisted me to take a new direction as a Theatre Director. The bursary gave me the opportunity to undertake research & development on becoming a Theatre Director where I had been observing Directors working in rehearsal and gaining their experience and advice about directing.

I have been doing R&D workshop where I directed a play with two actors (Deaf & Hearing) and presented a sharing with a small invited audience at the end of the week. MGC's Artistic Director - Michael Grandage agreed to be my mentor for this project.

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