★ ★ ★ ★ 'Alex Howarth's production is light and tight'- Natasha Tripney- The Stage
Alex is an award winning theatre director
and writer based in London.
His company's devised play We Live By the Sea opened
the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres in New York
where it was Critic's Pick in the New York Times. It was
nominated for a Fringe First and Off West End Awards for
Best Ensemble and Best Production, ran at the
SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, and won Best Theatre,
Critics Choice, and Peace Foundation Awards and was in the
Top 6 Shows To See in the Guardian during two seasons at
He was the assistant director on La Traviata at the
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in January 2020.
He regularly leads research and development periods for
new writing and workshopped new play Sirens which recently
embarked on a national tour. He adapted and directed the
World Stage Premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, working alongside the film's writer; Oscar nominee Peter Hedges. He regularly directs at drama schools including Mountview, Associated Studios, and University of Cumbria. He has worked across the world in venues including 59E59 Theatres New York, Royal Croquet Club Australia, TNT Theatre Beijing, The Royal Opera House, The Finborough, The Arcola, Salisbury Playhouse, The Cheltenham Everyman, Theatre 503, and The New Wimbledon Theatre. He is the Artistic Director of Patch of Blue, who create devised 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 work that is playful, fresh and moving, and particularly enjoys working with actor-musicians.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - PG (Dip) Theatre Directing
Directing includes We Live By the Sea (Brits Off Broadway 59E59 Theatres New York Critics Pick- New York Times, SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway New York, Arts Theatre West End, Royal Croquet Club Australia, Greenwich Theatre, TNT Theatre Beijing, Grand Theatre Hangzhou), Back To Blackbrick (Arts Theatre West End and National Tour), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (World Stage Premiere, Mountview), Chemistry (Finborough Theatre), Cassie and the Lights (Vaults and Adelaide Fringe), Two Sides (The Arcola), Flight To Neptune City, Oh! You Pretty Things (Southwark Playhouse), The Fall, Junk (The Old Red Lion), The Red Light, Dirty Laundry (The Union Theatre), Piramania! The Swashbuckling Pirate Musical (Upstairs at the Gatehouse & Underbelly), Misterman (New Wimbledon Theatre & Brockley Jack), Mabel
(The Lion and Unicorn), The School For Husbands (National Tour), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (National Tour), The Tortoise and the Hare (National
Tour), Aladdin (Palace Theatre, Newark), Snow White (The Hexagon, Reading), Arabian Nights (United Arab Emirates Tour), The Memory Show (European Premiere
Drayton Arms Theatre), Lord of the Flies (University of Cumbria), The Wind In the Willows, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Loserville (Liverpool Theatre
School), Showcase (Identity School of Acting), Medea (Guildhall), Oliver! (Trinity Theatre), Spring Awakening (Duke St Theatre), Beans On Toast (Theatre 503, The New
Diorama, The New Wimbledon Theatre, Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals, Karamel), Dear Santa (The Capitol, Horsham), Two Palestinians Go Dogging (Streatham
Space Project), [titleofshow] (UK Professional Premiere, Edinburgh Festival), Café Nation (World Premiere, Cockpit Theatre), Sitting Up For Michael, C.L.G (The White Bear), Rain Man (Karamel), When We Ran, Godspell, The Last Five Years, Hansel and Gretel (Edinburgh Festival), A Streetcar Named Desire, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, Whistle Down The Wind (The Byre).
Associate Director credits include Romeo and Juliet (The Tobacco Factory and International Tour, dir. Polina Kalinina),
and A Christmas Carol (Trinity Theatre, dir. John Martin).
Assistant Director credits include La Traviata (The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, dir. Richard Eyre, revival director Barbera Lluch), Orpheus In the Underworld (Salisbury Playhouse, Buxton Opera House & Bloomsbury Theatre, dir Jeff Clarke), Twelfth Night (Octagon Theatre, Bolton, dir. David Thacker), The Complete Works Of Shakespeare- Abridged (United Arab Emirates, dir. John Paten), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Windsor, dir. Eddie Dredge), Spend, Spend, Spend (Cockpit Theatre,
dir. Darren Lawrence).
Musical Director credits include Aladdin (Pearce Suite Theatre, Maidenhead).
Workshops include Sirens and In Stars (Zoo Co), The Illness Should Attend (Katy Lipson), and The Artificial Brain (The New Diorama).
Writing credits include Cassie and the Lights (Vaults and Adelaide Festival), Sirens (National Tour), In Stars (Zoo Co), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (adaptation- Bridewell Theatre), Back To Blackbrick (adaptation- Pleasance and National Tour). Lead deviser and writer on Beans On Toast, We Live By the Sea, and When We Ran with
Patch of Blue.
Observerships include The Kite Runner (National Tour, UK Productions, dir. Giles Croft) and Qdos Pantomimes 2015/16 including Snow White (Wyvern Theatre, dir. Guy Unsworth) and Cinderella (White Rock).
“a tight, imaginative
expansive world out of
— The New York Times