Mark Smith is a freelance choreographer. Born deaf, he trained in all forms of dance from the age of four, studying at the Royal Ballet School and Bridget Espinosa’s London Studio Centre. He is a winner of East Anglia’s Young Deaf Achiever Awards 89’ in dance, for which he was presented a prize by Princess Diana at the Royal Café’, London.
He was one of the five leading choreographers for Sadler’s Wells song & dance revue called Shoes, which transferred to West-End at Peacock Theatre, London. Also he was a choreographer for the Union Theatre/Wilton Music Hall’s all-male Gilbert & Sullivan production called Iolanthe, where he was nominated for Best Choreographer Off-West End Awards and 2011 BroadwayWorld UK Awards. He choreographed Graeae Theatre's tour production of Reasons To Be Cheerful, Aladdin at The Lyric Hammersmith and A Marvellous Year For Plums, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and Noah at Chichester Festival Theatre.
Mark is the founder and artistic director of an all-male dance company called Deaf Men Dancing, who had created and performed Sense of Freedom and Alive!.
Future project: He will choreograph the Paralympic Opening Ceremony 2012.