Markwell Presents is dedicated to the innovation and education of Cinematic Theatre and working with young people and communities.
In 2002, Brad Jennings and Steven Maxwell first coined the term Cinematic Theatre to describe the style performance-making using visual media that was growing in popularity. Markwell Presents was born as an independent theatre company to pursue this interest - a style of theatre which makes use of big video projection: the fusion of live theatre with the magic of the big screen.
Over the past 14 years, Markwell has written and produced a range of unique theatre work for contemporary young audiences. Some of this work has featured young actors and ensemble casts selected from Brisbane secondary schools. Other shows have toured extensively to schools throughout QLD.
Markwell has also collaborated with the likes of Queensland Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company, and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company in order to develop cinematic projection for large-scale professional theatre.
Over the years, Markwell Presents has refined the form of Cinematic Theatre for use in education. This form has since been acknowledged broadly by the theatre and education industries, and is currently included in the QLD Secondary School Curriculum. Brad and Steven have written and updated the leading text book on the creative development through to live production of visual media in dramatic performance - The Cinematic Theatre Handbook.
Markwell Presents continues to produce a range of education resources for use in secondary schools. These include scripts, text books, DVDs, process dramas, archival videos, and pre-designed visuals for use on-stage.
Markwell also works with local artists (writers, directors & AV designers) to facilitate in-school workshops and artist residencies. We frequently visit schools to teach our unique approach to Cinematic Theatre in an intensive masterclass. We also facilitate Artist in Residence projects in schools for months at a time in order to develop, direct, design and/or integrate media in new theatre work with the students.