Outreach and Community
Mark has worked extensively with drama and creative writing to deliver workshops for people of all ages and backgrounds. Workshops are customised to suit the aims, needs and abilities of the clients and participants.
Mark Croasdale is fully DBS checked.
Workshops created by Mark place the participants at the centre, encouraging them to be active members, problem solvers and creative thinkers.
What can I offer -
One-off workshops - beginners/intermediate/advanced workshops designed as taster sessions into particular themes or practices.
Bespoke packages - regular workshops designed to offer participants a more targeted education in their subject/practice.
After-school/half-term clubs - regular sessions which aim to develop participants’ skills over a longer period of time.
Corporate workshops - aimed at organisations which required more exciting and adventurous ways to explore team-building or specific training.
Project Management and Consultancy - Expert advice aimed to assist clients in creating and running their own projects.
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Mark graduated Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007, with a degree in Creative Writing and Drama. Since then he's created workshops and training programmes for organisations including;
Working in Schools highlights -
The Aspire project (2007) - One of the first ever projects Mark delivered, this series of workshops explored the affects of bullying in schools. Working with young people in secondary education giving participants a practical knowledge of scripting narrative, storyboarding, filming and the editing process, whilst working towards a final live performance and DVD.
What’s Your Oyster? (2008) A primary school based drama project, exploring pupils’ dreams and ambitions. As a facilitator Mark used drama practices to help children explore their own ambitions, and devise a final theatre production exploring their vision of the future.
Working in the Community highlights -
In 2014 Mark was invited by Ryde and Gladsville City Council to create a series of Creative Writing workshops in Sydney, Australia. Working participants aged 50+ Mark introduced the group to different writing techniques and styles. In particular Mark explored how the groups might write together to create a play.
In 2017 Mark worked with National Citizen Service (NCS) as a Drama Practitioner. Working with participants aged 15-17 years old Mark introduced drama practices to build confidence and social skills. Each groups of participants partnered with a different local organisation to tell their story. Organisations included Oldham Library, the Indian Senior Citizens Centre and Whitworth Art Gallery.
Mark has had extensive experience working with young people in a theatre setting. Mark has been Assistant Facilitator/Assistant Director to the Contact Young Company (CYC) - a group of artists aged 15-26. Mark worked to deliver warm-ups and workshops exercises designed to explore different theatrical styles and working as an ensemble. Each project culminated in a theatrical performance, learn more about these projects -
In 2015 worked with the Lowry Young Actors Company (LYAC) as a facilitator and assistant director. Mark worked with he director to create and deliver a series of workshops and rehearsals resulting in a showcase performance. LYAC is made up of various groups ranging from 6-20 year olds.
Working with Corporate Clients highlights -
Mark is a member for the Creative Experts team at Contact Theatre, and has had the pleasure of designing and delivering unique workshops for various clients including:
Manchester Family Poverty Strategy Launch for Manchester City Council - Mark designed and delivered an hour long workshop for delegates of the Financial Inclusion Conference 2017. The lively workshop revolved around the fictional character Satty and the challenges her family face whilst living below the poverty line. This exciting and creative workshop mapped all the different organisation in Manchester whilst exploring the new Family Poverty Strategy in more detail.
Community Champion and Facilitator for FutureEverything and CityVerve. Mark designed and delivered a workshop exploring social isolation and how a SmartCity might work to table this issue. Working specially with senior members of society, the workshop used storytelling techniques to understand how social isolation affects different people and how we can combat it.
The University of Manchester Content Ambassadors Programme - Mark assisted in the delivery of a series of consultations and workshops to create a new year long programme for students of the university. The Content Ambassadors programme works to offer storytelling and media training opportunities to members, whilst delivering exciting social commentary content to the university from a student’s perspective.