About Mark Piper
ACTORS & DIRECTOR MENTOR
PRODUCER ◊ DIRECTOR
Over 4 decades in the international Theatre, Film & Television industries, Mark Piper’s award-winning career has seen him on the initial teams Producing and Directing many international drama programs. Water Rats - Director Setup Episodes, Mercy Peak (NZ), Beastmaster (USA), Ponderosa (USA), Neighbours, Home and Away, All Saints – Co Director Setup Episodes, Blue Heelers, Always Greener, Halifax F.P (Australia), & Gute Zeiten Schlechte Zeiten – Adviser & Setup Episodes Director (Germany)
Beginning his career as an Actor in New Zealand, Mark went on to running Director Roger Donaldson’s (“The World’s Fastest Indian”) company, & then worked on such films as “The Blue Lagoon” with Brooke Shields, “Tim” & “Attack Force Z” with Mel Gibson, & “My Brilliant Career” with Sam Neil & Judy Davis. More recently he has been working with internationally acclaimed actors Ben Mendelson, Chris Hemsworth, Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Isabel Lucas, Kylie Minogue, Julian McMahon, Simon Baker, Isla Fisher, to name a few. Mark has directed over 800 drama titles nationally and internationally.
In 1995 Mark led a unique project with Care Vietnam, in conjunction with the Vietnamese Government entitled ‘Qio Qua Mien Toi’; a 32-part Drama series, of which Mark was the Executive Producer. This was a TV series to highlight the HIV & AIDS problem emerging in Vietnam; Mark was involved from the outset to set-up the concept as well as sourcing key personnel from Australia to mentor the Vietnamese crew. This has inspired Mark with his current project in development "Buscar - peacethroughmusic" which he hopes to shoot in Byron Bay Australia.
Mark has been a tutor at NIDA, Actors Centre, Bond University, & other institutions as well as conducting his own workshops nationally. He is CEO for the Byron Bay Film and Television School (BBFATS).
He judged the 2012 Logies & the 2011 to 2020 International Emmy Awards, was Board member for ASDACS & Screenworks & the Selection Committee for Flickerfest International Film Festival