About Us

Mark Raymond Yeates, Founder

Mark Raymond Yeates, Founder

Founded by Mark Raymond Yeates in 2016, Artefact Theatre Co. exists to create great theatre with great people. The company was named for what theatre aspires to be and what truly special theatre inherently becomes - momentos that remain in the minds of audiences long after the event itself. That theatre can live beyond the performance is the very reason this age-old tradition continues, and it’s why we do what we do.

Commencing with Proof by David Auburn, Artefact jumped deep into the complexity of this riveting text that explores the concept of identity, family dysfunction and the blurred line between genius and madness. Directed by Emily O'Brien-Brown, Artefact’s Proof played at the Alex Theatre in St. Kilda to mixed reviews.

Tackling mathematics in their first show, the company continued the academic theme, taking on Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, a five-hander that explores the New York literary world. Focusing heavily on the relationships developed between four eager writers and their private tutor, Seminar was directed by Matthew Cox and presented at Chapel Off Chapel in late 2016.

In early 2018, Artefact staged the first of two successful seasons of the Oscar Wilde classic, The Importance of Being Earnest. A far cry from the highly intellectual works of Auburn and Rebeck, this historical farce, again directed by Matthew Cox, was staged at St. Martin’s Youth Theatre in South Yarra. It celebrated such success that it went on to mount a second season in early 2019 at Chapel Off Chapel.

Seminar, 2016

Seminar, 2016

After a performance is over, what remains? Fun can be forgotten, powerful emotion can fade over time. But when a compelling story is told with artistry and intelligence, something happens. It leaves something behind. A trace, a picture is buried deep into the audience’s memory. And if done well, this fragment will be the essence of what it has to say. And while they may not remember the meaning of the play, from this artefact, they can construct a meaning. And one night in the theatre could change their thinking, for life.