Speaker Profile


Job TitleCreative Director

Company NameManchester International Festival/ The Factory


Mark Ball was appointed Creative Director of Manchester International Festival (MIF) in June 2017, where he is responsible for leading the artistic programme for The Factory, MIF’s new large scale venue for arts and culture scheduled to open in late 2021. From April 2009 to June 2017 he was Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), one of Europe’s leading arts festivals. From January 2008 – April 2009 he was Head of Events and Exhibitions at the Royal Shakespeare Company, establishing a new department focussed on developing new work and new audiences and from 1998 - 2007, he was the Artistic Director of Fierce!, an annual international festival of theatre, live art and contemporary dance taking place in Birmingham and across the West Midlands.

Mark has been named the Institute of Director's (IoD) Young Director of the Year and is a Clore Fellow. He also holds posts at a number of arts and cultural organisations and is an Advisory Board Member of the Science and Industry Museum.

Conference Sessions

  • Pecha Kucha

    04-Jun-2020, 11:00 - 12:30, GRAND AUDITORIUM - Palais 1

    Presented in 20 images x 20 seconds, a format made famous by the informal, fun and creative PechaKucha Nights held in cities globally. Speakers share their visi...

    • Language: English