Mark McGann is an award winning actor, director, educationalist, scriptwriter & published songwriter with over 35 years of professional experience in the entertainment industry. He has also been working extensively as an educator since forming Drama Direct Ltd in 2007 and is increasingly acknowledged as an exceptional creative innovator. In 2010 and 2011 Drama Direct received Royal Television Society and Culture Award nominations for it’s original site specific film projects, The Legend of Spottee and The Cauld Lad of Hylton, both of which engaged entertainment industry professionals and a cluster of schools in the north east of England. Twice nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a West End production, Mark also designs and delivers dynamically original and inspirational stage and screen acting masterclasses and workshops to students and professionals from the entertainment industry. He has starred in many leading roles in TV, film and theatre in the UK and US, working alongside some of the worlds greatest actors and directors in the last 30 years. He also worked as a director, scriptwriter and vocalist for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and performed extensively with a number of symphony orchestras worldwide from 2008 to the present day. He co-produced the award winning drama The Hanging Gale in 1995 along with his 3 brothers, Irish Production Company Little Bird and BBC Northern Ireland.