Howett has collaborated with many talented directors such as Neil Armfield, Gale Edwards, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sharman, George Ogilvy and Francesca Zambello.
Mark has designed the lighting for many productions that have toured extensively in Australia and overseas. Cloudstreet, which Howett won the Robert Helpmann Award for Lighting Design 2002, toured to New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Theatre London and The Kennedy Centre Washington, Zurich, and nationally in Australia. Mark designed the lighting for the Royal Opera at Convent Garden’s production of Sweeney Todd. Mark’s lighting for Opera Australia’s production of For the Love of Three Oranges, directed by Francesca Zambello, toured in 2007. Redesigning the set and Lighting Design of Il Trovatore for Opera Australia was a chance to work with the paintings of Sydney Nolan.
Over the years Mark has made many collaborative pieces with traditional people from all over his country. In 2003 Mark designed the lighting for the international tour of Crying Baby for Stalker Theatre Company, working with the traditional people of Arnhem Land. Howett designed the lighting for Australian Ballet and Bangarra’s production of Rites, which was simulcast nationally on the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and toured to New York’s City Centre in 1999, also playing later at the Paris Opera House.