MARK DORNFORD-MAY

DIRECTOR/ADAPTER/CO-FOUNDER

Mark is co-founder and Artistic Director of Isango Ensemble. Born in Yorkshire and brought up in Chester, he has worked in South Africa with members of the company since 2000. Mark has directed all of Isango’s stage productions; The Mysteries – Yiimimangaliso, The Snow Queen, Der Silbersee, The Beggars Opera- Ibali Loo Tsotsi, Carmen, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo, A Christmas Carol – iKrismas Kherol, Aesop’s Fables, La Boheme – Abanxaxhi, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo, Venus and Adonis, uCarmen, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Man of Good Hope and produced and directed all its films; uCarmen eKhayelitsha, Son of Man, Unogumbe – Noye’s Fludde and Breathe – Umphefumlo

Mark’s first feature film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. His second film, Son of Man, received the award for Best Feature at the LA Film Festival and the Founders Award presented by Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival.

From July 2009 to February 2010, Mark oversaw the building of the Fugard Theatre, Cape Town. The Magic Flute and The Mysteries formed the opening season of the Fugard Theatre and Isango Ensemble staged two world premieres, Aesop’s Fables and The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo at the theatre.

In March 2007, following a traditional ceremony, he was officially included in the Sotho Clan.

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