National Ambassadors - Mark Smith
Mark Smith is a performer and theatre-maker originally from Mulhussey, Co Meath who currently resides in Celbridge Co. Kildare where he is a member of inclusive theatre collective Run of the Mill Theatre. He studied Anthropology at Maynooth University and has worked part time at Tesco for almost 20 years. Mark recently collaborated with Run of the Mill, Talking Shop Ensemble and writer Shaun Dunne to create Making a Mark, an autobiographical theatre piece that premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2019 with support from Axis Ballymun, Project Arts Centre and the Arts Council of Ireland. Making a Mark was nominated for 4 Fringe Awards (including Best Performer and Best Production) and won the Judges Choice Award at the festival. In 2018 Mark was awarded the Axis Ballymun & Arts and Disability Playground Bursary which he used to develop his practice in solo performance. Previous other credits include Singing for Survival (Draiocht, 2019) & Reason in Madness- A Devised Reworking of King Lear (Draiocht, 2016). He has made numerous television and radio appearances championing the work of artists with disabilities (The Tommy Tiernan Show, RTE Radio 1) Plans for a major national and international tour of Making a Mark is in the pipeline for 2021 following its postponement in 2020.