Mark Down is Artistic Director and co-founder of Blind Summit. He originally trained as a doctor before retraining at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama on the MA Advanced Theatre Practice course.
Over his 20 years of leading Blind Summit he has developed a method of working with puppets that integrates, writing, designing, directing and performing into one process which he calls "Follow the Puppet".
His original productions for Blind Summit include The Table, Low Life, 1984, Call of the Wild and most recently Citizen Puppet. He directed Le Rossignol in collaboration with Bregenz Festival, and co-directed the US Premiere of the Helmut Lachenmann's The Little Match Girl for Spoleto Festival.
As Puppet Director and designer Mark has worked with world class artists to put puppetry in new and unusual places: Sorrow in Anthony Minghella's Madame Butterfly at ENO and the Metropolitan Opera, the singing dog Sharik in Complicite’s A Dog’s Heart at ENO, DNO and La Scala, and the 18 feet tall Voldemort at Danny Boyle’s 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony. He most recently directed the puppetry for Emma Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Globe in 2016.
He is a visiting lecturer at UAL Wimbledon and Royal School of Speech and Drama.