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Alex Hurst

Director London

He/Him

Born and raised in a small village in South Yorkshire, I first was exposed to theatre through the work of regional theatres such as the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Sheffield Crucible. It was through seeing worked produced by them and by touring productions of shows by Kneehigh and Headlong that I decided that a career in the theatre was what I was truly passionate about. My limited access to theatre also saw me turn to film as a creative interest, and this has had a significant contribution to my often visual approach to directing theatre.

I studied my undergraduate degree in Drama at the University of Manchester and it was through becoming involved in the University of Manchester Drama Society that I was given my first opportunity to direct a play, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. I was immediately drawn to the analytical process of directing this kind of text and working with actors on bringing Williams’ characters to life. Since that point, I have directed for the Edinburgh Fringe and set up my own theatre company in Manchester. Obscura was established as a reaction to the deluge of gritty realism in Manchester fringe theatre and focusses on bringing cinematic, fantastical stories to the stage through puppetry, visual flare, and sound design without losing focus on the actor. I directed our first show, a folk horror tale called Fell which sold out its run at Antwerp Mansion in Manchester and garnered 5-star reviews. We are currently looking into refining the show and working towards other projects.

In order to refine my process and be exposed to new ideas, I have undertaken the MFA in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck and am currently in the process of further defining what the theatre I want to make looks and feels like.

Credits

DIRECTOR, Scripts Aloud: Burden, Manchester ADP, 1 night, 2018.
DIRECTOR, Fell, Obscura Theatre, 1 week, 2018.
DIRECTOR, Crumpet, 53TWO, 1 night 2018.
OBSERVER MONDAYS DIRECTOR, Jubilee, Royal Exchange Theatre, 1 month, 2017.
DIRECTOR, What Do Bears Eat?, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2 weeks, 2017.
DIRECTOR Excerpt from Buried Child, University of Manchester, 3 Days, 2017.
DIRECTOR, The Glass Menagerie, University of Manchester Drama Society, 3 nights, 2016.

Training

University of Manchester: BA Hons in Drama
University of London (Birkbeck): MFA Theatre Directing

Experience

2-5 years

Skills

Acting
Costume Design
Devising
Dialect / Voice Direction
Dramaturgy
Lighting Design
Movement Direction
Music - Can Read
Music - Plays Instruments
Music - Singing
Music Composition
Physical Theatre
Prop Making
Puppetry
Set Design
Site Responsive/Immersive
Sound Design
Street Theatre
Teaching
TV / Film
Working with Young People
Writing

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