Mark Fisher, feature writer, theatre critic and editor




2003-present Freelance writer, editor and teacher working for: Arcola Theatre, Association of Lighting Designers (Focus), Association for Scottish Literary Studies, The Audience Business, Aukland Festival, Barbican Theatre, Barn, BBC, The Big Issue, Birmingham Rep, Cumbernauld Theatre, Daily Record, DCA, Divadelny (Bratislava), Dublin Theatre Festival, Dundee Rep, Edinburgh Festivals Magazine, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh International Science Festival, Evening Times (Glasgow), Festival City Theatres Trust, John Good Publishing, The Guardian, The Herald, Hotline (Virgin Trains magazine), Humanist Society of Scotland, Imaginate (Scottish International Children’s Festival), Independent, Independent on Sunday, International Journal of Scottish Theatre, Irish Theatre Magazine, The List, Little, Brown, Liverpool Independents, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Malthouse Theatre, Media Education, Methuen, MJE Productions, Mull Theatre, Napier University, National Library of Scotland, National Theatre of Scotland, News of the World, New Zealand International Arts Festival, New Zealand Herald, Northings (Hi-Arts website), Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Playbill, Press Gazette, Prompt (TMA magazine), Raploch Urban Regeneration Company, Renaissance Theatreworks, Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London, Royal Shakespeare Company, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman, Scottish Opera (Brio), See Glasgow, Le Soleil (Quebec), State Theatre Company, Adelaide, The Sunday Times Scotland, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company, Teaching Drama Magazine, Theatre by the Lake, Time Out, UBU–European Stages, UCLA, UK Arts International, UK Theatre Net, Variety

2000-2003 The List, editor of Glasgow and Edinburgh events guide.

1996-2000 The Herald, chief theatre critic

1993-2000 Freelance writer working for BBC, The Big Issue, Cahiers de théâtre Jeu (Canada), Caledonia, The Daily Telegraph, Dublin Theatre Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, The Forestry Commission, Glasgow Film Theatre, The Guardian, The Herald, The Irish Times, The List, The New Statesman, Nürnberger Nachrichten (Germany), The Observer, RTE, The Saarbrücker Zeitung (Germany), Scotrail Horizons, The Scotsman, Scottish Tourist Board, Scottish International Children's Festival, Stagebill (USA), The Sunday Times Scotland, TheatreForum (USA)

1992-1995 Theatre Scotland magazine founder and managing editor of quality quarterly theatre journal

1987-1995 The List magazine production co-ordinator (1987-1989), theatre editor (1989-1995), assistant editor (1990-1992)

1986 and 1987 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, administrative assistant during summer months

1982-1992 Limelight magazine founding editor of official XTC fanzine



2017 Author and publisher of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls (Mark Fisher Ltd)

2015 Author of How to Write About Theatre (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama)

2014–present Scotland seat, NUJ Freelance Industrial Council

2012 Author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama)

2007-08 Lecturer in cultural journalism, Napier University

2007–present Co-convener of the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

2007–present Secretary NUJ Edinburgh Freelance Branch.

2005–present Judge on the TMA Theatre Awards, now UK Theatre Awards

2004–present Judge on the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland

2004–present Judge on the Scotsman Fringe Firsts

2003–2010 Chair NUJ Edinburgh Freelance Branch.

2003 Chapter published in The World of Theatre (International Theatre Institute)

2002 Seminar leader, IATC young critics forum, Almada, Portugal

1998-2000 Treasurer NUJ Edinburgh Freelance Branch

1998-2001 & 2003 Editor of drama programmes, Edinburgh International Festival

1996 Chapter published in Scottish Theatre Since the Seventies (Edinburgh University Press)

1995-1999 Board member Clyde Unity Theatre

1995-1999 Judge on the TMA Theatre Awards

1995 Co-editor of Made in Scotland play anthology (Methuen) Buy it here: Amazon



University of Kent at Canterbury 1982-86 BA Honours Drama and Theatre Studies (2:1)




Scottish theatre blog

REVIEWS, thoughts and observations about theatre in Scotland.


The Guardian

ARTICLES about theatre published in the daily newspaper and online


The List

RECENT articles about theatre published in the fortnightly events guide.


Scotland on Sunday

FEATURES on a range of subjects, plus some reviews.



REVIEWS, articles and extensive database about Scottish theatre.



REVIEWS and news items about Scottish theatre in the US theatre bible.

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