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Alex Howarth

Theatre Director


Alex is a freelance theatre director and writer based in London. His company's devised play 'We Live By the Sea' was nominated for a Fringe First, transferred to the SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway and won three awards and was Top 6 Shows To See in the Guardian at Adelaide Fringe, Australia. He recently co-directed pantomime 'Snow White' at the 1200 seat Hexagon Theatre in Reading, and he adapted and directed the World Stage Premiere of 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape'. He regularly directs at drama schools and will shortly begin work on 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' at Liverpool Theatre School. He has  worked across the UK in venues including The Arcola, Salisbury Playhouse, The Cheltenham Everyman, Theatre 503, The New Wimbledon Theatre, and The Pleasance, and also works as an assistant director, most recently to Olivier Award winner David Thacker at The Octagon Theatre, Bolton. 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 disabilities theatre, having created performances with deafblind adults for the charity Sense. 
 
He strives to create work that is playful, immersive 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 (SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, Arts Theatre West End, Royal Croquet Club Australia), Back To Blackbrick (Arts Theatre West End and National Tour), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (World Stage Premiere- Bridewell Theatre), Two Sides (The Arcola),Snow White (The Hexagon, Reading), Arabian Nights (United Arab Emirates), The Memory Show (European Premiere- Drayton Arms Theatre), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Loserville (Liverpool Theatre School), 
Showcase (Identity School of Acting), 
Oliver! (Trinity Theatre), Spring Awakening (Duke St Theatre), Driving To David (The Lost Theatre), Beans On Toast (Theatre 503, The New Diorama, The New Wimbledon Theatre,  Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals), The School For Husbands (National Tour), Sitting Up For Michael, C.L.G (The White Bear), Dear Santa (The Capitol, Horsham),  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (National Tour), [title of  show]  (UK Professional Premiere, 
Edinburgh Festival), Medea (Guildhall), 
CafĂ© Nation (World Premiere, Cockpit 
Theatre), Beans On Toast (Karamel), Rain 
Man (Karamel), 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), and A Christmas Carol (Trinity Theatre). 
 
Assistant Director credits include Twelfth Night (Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Complete Works Of Shakespeare- Abridged (United Arab 
Emirates), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Windsor), Spend, Spend, Spend (Cockpit Theatre)
 
Workshops include The Illness Attends (Aria Entertainment), and The Artificial Brain (New Diorama Theatre). 
 
Observerships include La Traviata (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden) and Qdos Pantomimes 2015/16 including Snow White(Wyvern Theatre) and Cinderella (White Rock).

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