Mark Hopkins is based in Mohkinstsis – the place colonially known as Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He’s the Artistic Director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, which generates productive discomfort through art-making, and an Associate with Human Venture Leadership, which seeks to build our collective capacities to reduce ignorance, error, waste, suffering and injustice. He also works as an Audio Describer for blind and low-vision people, with Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host program. Mark volunteers with Kawalease Arab Canadian Theatre and the Centre for Newcomers, and founded We Should Know Each Other, a community-bridging initiative.
Some of Mark’s honours and awards include the Creative Placemaking Award (2016 Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Best Screenplay (2014 Alberta Media Production Industry Awards), Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 and the Calgary Herald’s 20 Compelling Calgarians.