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Alex Howarth

Theatre Director

Alex is a freelance theatre director and writer. His company's devised play We Live By the Sea opened the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres in New York this year, receiving Critics Pick in the New York Times. Previous runs include the SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, and two years at Adelaide Festival where it featured in The Guardian Top 6 Shows, and won Best Theatre, Critics Choice, and Peace Foundation awards. In 2017 it was nominated for two Off West End Awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble for its run at Greenwich Theatre, and toured China. Alex adapted and directed the World Stage Premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, and completed a directing placement at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

He has worked at prestigious venues worldwide including The Arcola, Southwark Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre 503, Souk al Jubail UAE, The Old Red Lion, and The Cheltenham Everyman, and works as an assistant director, recently to Olivier Award winner David Thacker. He has worked extensively in disabilities theatre, having created performances with deafblind adults for the charity Sense and developed a play about a girl with autism with the National Autistic Society. He strives to create ensemble-led theatre that is playful, fresh and moving.

Directing includes We Live By the Sea (Brits Off Broadway 59E59 Theaters- New York Times Critics Pick, SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway, Arts Theatre West End, The Royal Croquet Club Australia, Greenwich Theatre, China- National Tour), Back To Blackbrick (Arts Theatre West End and National Tour), What's Eating Gilbert Grape (World Stage Premiere- Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Bridewell Theatre), Oh! You Pretty Things (Southwark Playhouse), Two Sides (The Arcola), The Fall (Old Red Lion), The Red Light, Dirty Laundry (The Union), Beans On Toast (Theatre 503, The New Diorama, The New Wimbledon Theatre, Edinburgh and Brighton Festivals), The Memory Show (European Premiere- Drayton Arms Theatre), The Tortoise and the Hare (National Tour), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (National Tour), The School For Husbands (National Tour), Arabian Nights (Souk Al Jubail, UAE), The Wind in the Willows, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Loserville (Liverpool Theatre School), Showcase (Identity School of Acting), Spring Awakening (Duke St Theatre), When We Ran (The Pleasance), Sitting Up For Michael, C.L.G (The White Bear), Dear Santa (The Capitol, Horsham), Medea (Guildhall Amphitheatre), Café Nation (World Premiere, Cockpit Theatre), Rain Man (Karamel), [title of show]-UK Professional Premiere, The Next Big Thing, Godspell, The Last Five Years, Hansel and Gretel (Edinburgh Festival).

Co-Directing includes Snow White (The Hexagon, Reading) and Oliver! (Trinity Theatre).

Associate Director credits include Romeo and Juliet (dir. Polina Kalinina, The Tobacco Factory and International Tour), and A Christmas Carol (dir. John Martin, Trinity Theatre).

Assistant Director credits include Twelfth Night (dir. David Thacker, Octagon Theatre, Bolton), The Complete Works Of Shakespeare- Abridged (dir. John Paten, United Arab Emirates), Avenue Q (Theatre Royal Windsor).