Starving Artists is a touring theatre company, producing work for studio and mid-scale venues in the UK and internationally. Originally established in Hawaii in 1984 by Mark Pinkosh, the company now divides its time between Los Angeles, Manchester and London.
Starving Artists was founded by Mark in 1984, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Godfrey Hamilton became a partner in 1988 and began developing an Anglo-American work model for the Company.
In 1990 Starving Artists began reciprocal touring in the UK, commissioning theatre artists from both the U.K. and the U.S.A.
Find out more about the company members of Starving Artists here.
International work includes : The Mirror and the Mask, commissioned from Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden, a frequent collaborator with Starving Artists; Death and Dancing, commissioned from British writer/performer Claire Dowie, which premiered in Honolulu before embarking onan extensive U.K. tour; Bite the Moon, produced by Starving Artists and both written and performed by Seattle-based actress Maria Glanz; and several plays by the US playwright Burgess Clark. Starving Artists has, in turn, received numerous commissions in the UK including BBC Radio 4, Central London Arts, Bush Theatre, London and from Paisley Arts Centre in Scotland.
In its early years Starving Artists was the only company in the State of Hawaii presenting “alternative” performance. In 1992, Mark & Godfrey were formally honoured by the City & County of Honolulu for their work challenging racism and homophobia. Mark and Godfrey relocated to California in 1993 to facilitate touring work. They began creating plays and stories centred on California’s citizens and landscape, seen through British and European eyes.
‘Gaining an ever-stronger reputation on both sides of the Atlantic’ (Evening Standard), Mark’s performance in Road Movie won the inaugural Stage Award at the 1995 Edinburgh Festival, where the play itself won a Fringe First. Mark’s 1996 appearance in the play at Manchester Library Theatre won the MEN Award for best actor.
Always returning to themes of love and loss, commitment and loneliness, the plays nonetheless are flavored with humour, sometimes defiantly so as the characters break from the shadows of their lives in their bids for emotional freedom. While the 2000 production Don’t Forget Me was concerned with the deceits and sometimes hilarious duplicities of life in the Hollywood film industry, in 2005 A Dangerous Age looked unflinchingly at the reality of modern warfare in the post-9/11 era, seen through the eyes of two men in love.
Starving Artists’ other work includes Earthquake Weather,
directed by John Tiffany, Viper’s Opium (Fringe First winner) directed by Lorenzo Mele, Sleeping with You (Independent Theatre Award nominee) directed by David Prescott, Kissing Marianne, Take Me with You (both commissioned by Central London Arts/Drill Hall Arts Centre) and Eat Me (commissioned by QUN, directed by Jonathan Best at the Royal Exchange Theatre in 2009 and nominated for the Manchester Evening News award for Best Studio Production). For BBC Radio 4, Godfrey has written Pacific Dreams (directed by Cathryn Horn) and for Theatre Centre he created Jake& Cake (2010, directed by Natalie Wilson).
Take Me with You (2007) has been filmed by UK director Charles Sharman-Cox, again featuring Mark, and has gone on to win a number of awards at international film festivals.
In 2010 British director Richard Carroll filmed Godfrey’s The Ghosts of Los Angeles, starring Denis O’Hare, Mark Pinkosh and legendary Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn.
The play Road Movie has now been seen around the world from Toronto to Dublin to Miami and foreign-language productions have
been presented in Paris, Rome, Munich, Athens and Geneva. It has recently played in Brisbane and Adelaide in a critically acclaimed performance by Dirk Hoult.. 15 years after the play first debuted, an entirely new production was staged at the Library Theatre, Manchester, as a part of the QUN Festival. It was directed by Jonathan Best.
The Company’s recent work includes Days of Light, a new play by Godfrey Hamilton. Performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, it premiered at Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre and was co-produced by Ric Watts. Set in the Hawaiian Islands, the show featured Kate Layden and Mark in a drama exploring commitment and loss.
Mark & Godfrey are also rather proud to say that they have been professional and life partners for over a quarter of a century.