WRITER - DIRECTOR - COACH
A Wee Bit About Mark
Mark Westbrook is an acting coach, director and writer based in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mark trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School in NYC, after education at the universities of Kent, Utrecht, Nottingham, Glasgow Caledonian and Glasgow. He is a qualified adult teacher, and also holds a Performance Coaching qualification from Performance Consultants International. He is currently engaged in a TQFE, a professional Further Education Teaching Qualification.
Scotland’s only full time professional acting coach, with BAFTA and Oscar winning clients. He founded ACS, fondly known as The Studio, in July 2008. Mark is the Studio's Director and the Full Time Course Leader for the Professional Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance, a unique stage and screen acting course that he pioneered with the SQA. He teaches privately, on the advanced steps of the part-time acting course and the acting element of the full time acting course. He has taught acting since 2001 and has held lecturing posts at the universities of Glasgow, Coventry, Ulster and the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts before setting up Acting Coach Scotland, first as a unique part-time actor training programme in Glasgow, then as a revolutionary new qualification in acting for stage and screen, a Professional 1-Year Diploma in Stage and Screen Performance, developed by ACS and certificated and quality assured by SQA as a Customised Award. He recently co-designed the Foundation Acting Course at Acting Coach Scotland with Nick J Field. He is currently creating a new 2-Year Professional HND Acting and Performance course.
He is a sought-after private acting coach with clients in theatre, film and television all over the world.
He recently set up Public Speaking Coach Scotland, using his public speaking expertise to empower individuals and teams in business to give phenomenal presentations and public speaking.
He is the author of Truth in Action, The 12 Obstacles and the forthcoming Shakespeare Monologue Audition Success. He writes a regular blog for the ACS website which is read by over 30,000 people each month. As a screenwriter, he has worked on MTV's Being Victor, and written a number of short films including Wonderland (2015), GOD 5 (2016) To The Sea (2017) and the recently filmed A Thing (Called Love) in 2018. His play I, Sniper, received a 5 star review at the Edinburgh Fringe, and he wrote the script of the Laramie Police Department's popular lip-sync video. His play CHAIKA, directed by Luke Kernaghan played to sold out houses at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.
He has directed over 20 professional productions including sell out productions at the Tron Theatre, The Arches, The Citizens Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Salisbury Playhouse, as well as performances across the island of Ireland and The Netherlands.
His award winning production of David Harrower’s Blackbird for Mephisto Theatre Company in Galway won the Galway Theatre Festival Award and subsequently toured Ireland. Mark also directed both a Scottish (2013) and Australian (2014) production of Stitching by Anthony Neilson, to great critical acclaim. He directed his own play Stain at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
He directed his own short film Wonderland with Tartan Spartan Films.
Mark was the casting director for R Paul Wilson's award winning films The Magic Box (2014), Con Men (2015) and his latest project Isolani (2017).
To The Sea - Writer/Producer
Blackbird - Director
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see."