Markwell Presents

Cinematic Theatre Company

Markwell Presents is a theatre company based in Brisbane, Australia. Since 2002, we have been the leading voice in Cinematic Theatre for secondary schools.


Nathan Sibthorpe
Creative Director

Nathan has worked for Markwell Presents intermittently since 2009, and in that time has become an integral part of the company. Nathan is a contemporary performance-maker and AV Designer. He was previously Queensland Theatre Company’s Geek-In-Residence in 2012-14, an Australia Council JUMP artist in 2012, and director of the Short+Sweet Festivals in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville between 2013-16. In his other lives, Nathan works as a tutor, lecturer and unit coordinator for QUT, teaching between the drama department, creative industries faculty, and the international college. Nathan is passionate about theatre that blurs the boundaries between forms - using new technologies to exploit the innate liveness of performance. He is excited to share this enthusiasm with a new generation of theatre-makers and culture-changers.


Nevin Howell
Resident Artist

Nevin Howell is a passionate young theatre artist, working variously as a director, performer and AV designer. With particular interests in arts education, Nevin has been working for Zen Zen Zo since 2014, involving facilitation in school residencies and workshops.  Nevin has worked on theatre projects for Imaginary Theatre, Out of the Box Festival, Terra Nemo Theatre Company, Vena Cava Productions, Dairakudakan (Japan), Shock Therapy Productions, and Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre Company. Training includes a BFA in Drama at QUT, and intensives with Vena Cava, VCA, Qld Shakespeare Ensemble, Dairakudakan, and Zen Zen Zo. Since 2016, Nevin has been working as an artist-in-residence for Markwell Presents, Zen Zen Zo, and independently.


Brad Jennings
Founding Director

 Brad has been writing, directing and producing live performance with young people since 1998. He has always been excited by the presence of projection in theatre. When teaching in Townsville in 2000, he met Steven Maxwell, and in 2003, began creating work that they now call cinematic theatre. Brad’s vision is to create an engaging theatre experience through the synergy of live performance and cinematic projection.  He believes firmly in utilising the best conventions of film, and the most interesting elements of popular design. Brad is a writer, director, producer, artist in residence, camera man and video editor.  


Steven Maxwell
Founding Director

Steven grew up in western Sydney where he was first drawn to live performance at the Q Theatre and then again in High School by seeing Hamlet and performing in musicals. Since then he has continued to write creatively and play music and when he met Brad he found a creative partner. Steven enjoys the mix of creative output and business enterprise in his roles as writer, production producer, biz and mkting manager, finance officer, workshop facilitator, camera op, editing and design. Most of all he enjoys the positive experience of working as a team to produce something that takes place live and moves and entertains people. 





Copyright Markwell Presents 2016. Background image from 'Spill' (2014).