MARK DORNFORD-MAY

DIRECTOR

Mark is co-founder and Artistic Director of Isango Ensemble. He has worked in South Africa with members of the company since 2000.

In South Africa, Mark has directed The Mysteries –Yiimimangaliso, The Beggar’s Opera – Ibali loo Tsotsi, Carmen, The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo, Aesop’s Fables, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – Izigwili Ezidlakazelayo, and Christmas Carol – Ikrismas Kherol, which won the Whatsonstage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Off-West End Production. The Magic Flute has since toured the world and won numerous awards including the 2008 Olivier Awards for Best Musical Revival & the Globes de Cristal for Best Opera in Paris.

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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