Dr. Mark Dyson


DarkHouse Production Design is owned and run by Mark Dyson, and is the vehicle for him to design, produce and consult on the sort of cross platform lighting projects that really excites him. The core principle that animates DarkHouse is the idea of light as a design tool and the challenge of how to use light to change form. The explication of this principle is manifest on stage, in architectural design, through festival and event design, and through teaching.


With over 25 years experience Mark has worked extensively in all facets of the industry. The core streams of his practice however include event and festival lighting design; lighting design for contemporary dance; and architectural consultancy for both theatrical services and spatial lighting design.


Originally from Canberra, Mark is now based in Sydney but spent a decade working in Europe. Mark’s European experience is with large scale, multi-media events that have included Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth’s II private 80th birthday celebrations, and Elton John’s yearly White Tie and Tiara Ball. Mark has designed and operated lights for, amongst others, Justin Timberlake, James Brown, Elton John, the Kings of Leon, and most recently LORDE.


At the other end of the production spectrum Mark also works as a lighting designer in theatre, specializing in contemporary dance. He is a Co-Director – along with sister and choreographer Clare Dyson – of the Brisbane based contemporary dance company, Company Clare Dyson, which has been producing innovative and exciting new work for the last 12 years, touring both nationally and internationally. Mark has worked extensively in the contemporary dance scene and most recently produced the lighting design for Sydney Dance Company’s LandFORMS show.


Mark is the resident lighting designer at the State Theatre in Sydney; the lighting director of DarkMofo since 2016; has been a light artist for the Sydney VIVID light festival for the last five years and was the Lighting Director at Peats Ridge Music festival for its last five years of operation. Mark also works as a technical director for international touring acts, facilitating local production services, up to and including arena size shows.


Mark’s architectural consultancy work includes the specification of full theatrical services; live music and corporate events market; as well as spatial lighting design, sculptural lighting and city wide event lighting design. Importantly, Mark is still active as a practicing lighting designer with a contemporary working knowledge of the industry and strong ties to the national touring circuits of the performing arts. His clients include: Tonkin Zulaikha Greer; Daryl Jackson Alastair Swan; Waverley council (Bondi Pavilion upgrade); and the NSW Anglican Schools Corporation, amongst others.


Mark currently lectures in spatial lighting at UTS, in the masters of architecture program; has developed and taught numerous commercial industry training courses in lighting and production design; has tutored at NIDA in the open program; and is a visiting fellow at ANU lecturing in art history. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in art history and philosophy from the Australian National University, and a PhD in new media and photographic theory from the University of Sydney.