★ ★ ★ ★ '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, in January 2020.
He conceived, directed and co-wrote We Live By the Sea
which opened the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59
Theatres in New York where it was Critic's Pick and Top
Theatre of the Year in the New York Times. It was
nominated for a Fringe First and Off West End Awards
for Best Production and Best Ensemble, ran at the
SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, and won Best Theatre,
Critics Choice, and Peace Foundation Awards and was in
the Top 5 Shows To See in The Guardian during two
seasons at Adelaide Festival.
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 leads research and development periods for new writing and recently directed a redevelopment workshop of original play A Partnership which will embark on a national tour in 2022. He regularly directs at drama schools including Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview, University of Chichester Conservatoire and University of Cumbria, and has worked across the world in venues including 59E59 Theatres New York, The Arts Theatre West End, Royal Croquet Club Australia, TNT Theatre Beijing, The Royal Opera House, and The Finborough. 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 ensemble-led theatre that is playful, fresh and moving.
Training: Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts - PG (Dip) Theatre Directing
In rehearsals for Lord of the Flies at University of Cumbria © Jez Colclough
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“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, David Ball Productions
“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- The University of Cumbria
"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 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 an inspiring, encouraging and supportive director. He has great ideas for what works onstage and is a pleasure to work with."
Ruth Redman- Actress
“a tight, imaginative
staging, creating an
expansive world out of
— The New York Times