★ ★ ★ ★ 'Alex Howarth's production is light and tight'- Natasha Tripney, The Stage, on We Live By the Sea, touring
Alex is an award winning theatre director and writer based in London.
He was the assistant director on La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
His work has received Critic’s Pick and Top Theatre of the Year in the New York Times, won the Best Theatre Award twice and the Critic’s Choice Award at Adelaide Festival, the Owl Schreame Award for Innovation in Classical Theatre, the Excellent Play Award at the Central Academy Awards China and the Grahame F. Smith Peace Foundation Award for promoting human rights through theatre. Nominations include the Fringe First, and three Off-West End Awards for Best Production, Best Ensemble and the OnComm Award for online theatre (Finalist).
In rehearsals for Lord of the Flies at Institute of the Arts, Cumbria © Jez Colclough
He adapted and directed the World Stage Premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, working alongside the film's writer; Oscar nominee Peter Hedges, and directed the European Premieres of hit Broadway musicals '[title of show]' and The Memory Show. He conceived, directed and co-wrote We Live By the Sea which toured the world, opened the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres in New York and was in the Guardian's Top 5 Shows,
He leads research and development periods for new writing and directed a redevelopment workshop of original play A Partnership which recently completed a run at the Kings Head Theatre. He regularly directs at drama schools including Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, Chichester Conservatoire and Institute of the Arts Cumbria, and around the world in venues including 59E59 Theatres New York, The Arts Theatre West End, RCC Australia, TNT Theatre Beijing, The Other Palace, and The Finborough. He is the Artistic Director of multi-award winning Patch of Blue, who create original theatre pieces with live music for festivals and touring. He has worked extensively in theatre with people with disabilities, having created performances with deafblind adults for the charity Sense.
He strives to create ensemble-led theatre that is playful, fresh and moving.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - PG (Dip) Theatre Directing
“Alex is a truly gifted director. He inspires his actors to excellence with intelligence and kindness, and he has a stunning gift for finding the perfect visual expression of any play. It was an honor to watch how he brought my play to life.”
Jacob Marx Rice- Writer
"I suggested the play Chemistry to Alex and he did me proud with a magnificent production of it at the Finborough Theatre. I was delighted to with work him again during lockdown, and very much look forward to him returning to the the Finborough in the very near future."
Neil McPherson- Artistic Director- Finborough Theatre
“I produced Misterman and needed a director that could bring something new and original to the creative process. Alex did just that and so much more. Not only was I proud to put my name to the production, I am hugely excited to collaborate with Alex again in the future.”
David Ball- Producer
“Alex Howarth is a fantastically gifted director who creates work with imagination and flair, whilst running a disciplined, creative and fun rehearsal process.”
Dr. Jez Colclough- Programme Leader B.A. (Hons.) Acting- Institute of the Arts Cumbria
"Alex was an extremely supportive and inventive assistant on Orpheus in the Underworld. He contributed much to the final result and was extremely adept at problem solving, had a real and perceptive grasp of the concept and the style, and was thoroughly supportive, tireless, and fun to work with all the way through."
Jeff Clarke- Artistic Director -Opera Della Luna
"Alex is a conscientious director who thinks about the people making the work as much as the work itself. He brought out the true heart of our play A Partnership and was an inspiring collaborative force to work with, bringing the best out of everyone on the team.'"
Rory Thomas-Howes- Artistic Director, Paper Mug
"Alex has a commitment to creating inclusive, accessible and refreshing work, with a focus on empowering artists from minority groups to influence and lead his work, so that the results are truly authentic."
Flo O'Mahoney- Artistic Director, Zoo Co
"Alex is an inspiring, encouraging and supportive director. He has great ideas for what works onstage and is a pleasure to work with."
Ruth Redman- Actress
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