Professor Mark  O’Thomas

Professor Mark O’Thomas BA, MA, PhD

Pro Vice Chancellor

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Professor Mark O’Thomas

Pro Vice Chancellor

Professor Mark O'Thomas is Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Greenwich. He was formerly Dean of Academic Affairs at Newcastle University, Head of the School of Fine & Performing Arts at the University of Lincoln and the founding Director of the Institute for Performing Arts at the University of East London. Mark also spent ten years at the BBC as a subtitler and channel director. He has worked as a playwright, translator and dramaturg for a number of theatres including Soho Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, and has adapted a number of novels for the stage where his credits include Jorge Amado's Dona Flor and her Two Husbands and Fernando Pessoa's Book of Disquiet. He is currently working on a new jazz musical which will workshop at Northern Stage in November 2017.


Grants awarded

2017       ESRC Impact Acceleration Award

2017       Santander International Travel Award

2016       Canada/UK Foundation

2012       AHRC Translating Cultures  (PI)

2011       STORM (EU Culture Fund)



Research / Scholarly interests

Mark is Associate Editor of Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença - the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies - and his main research interest lays at the interface between translation, adaptation and dramaturgy. His work in this area has crossed many disciplines including musicology, film, literary and translation studies but his main focus remains on performance writing.

Media activity

 Selected work for the stage

2014  Sadness and Joy in the Lives of Giraffes Theatre Royal York/Company of Angels

2013 PIIGS – Royal Court Theatre

2013 Feast Young Vic Theatre, London (extended run)

2012  The Ritual Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe
Connections 2012

2010   Ank !Ang! Company of Angels/Southwark Playhouse

2009   The Invisible Workers - Royal Court Theatre

2007   Agreste - Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London Arts Council of England commission

2004   Almost Nothing/At The Table - Royal Court Theatre