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Director London

'Director Alex Howarth came up with a tight, imaginative
staging, creating an expansive world out of seemingly little' - Critic's Pick, The New York Times

I am an Off West End Award nominated theatre director and writer based in London. My company's devised play We Live By the Sea opened the Brits Off Broadway season at 59E59 Theatres in New York 2018, 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 Adelaide Festival.

I will be the assistant director on La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in January 2020.

I regularly lead research and development periods for new writing and recently wrote new play 'Sirens' which embarked on a national tour. I
adapted and directed the World Stage Premiere of What's Eating Gilbert Grape, working alongside the film's writer; Oscar nominee Peter Hedges. I regularly direct at drama schools including Mountview, Associated Studios, and University of Cumbria. I have worked across the UK in venues including The Arcola, Salisbury Playhouse, The Cheltenham Everyman, Theatre 503, The New Wimbledon Theatre, and The Pleasance. I am the Artistic Director of Patch of Blue, who create devised theatre pieces with live music for festivals and touring. I have worked extensively in theatre with people with disabilities, having created performances with deafblind adults for the charity Sense.

I strive to create work that is playful, fresh and moving, and particularly enjoy working with actor-musicians.


DIRECTOR, Chemistry, Finborough Theatre, 4 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR, Misterman, New Wimbledon Theatre / Brockley Jack, 2 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR, Piramania The Swashbuckling Pirate Musical, Underbelly, 4 weeks, 2019

DIRECTOR, Lord of the Flies, University of Cumbria, 1 week, 2019

DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER, We Live By the Sea (Brits Off Broadway 59E59 Theatres New York Critics Pick- New York Times 4 weeks, SoHo Playhouse Off-Broadway New York 2 weeks, Arts Theatre West End 1 week, Royal Croquet Club Australia 4 weeks, Greenwich Theatre 3 weeks, TNT Theatre Beijing, Grand Theatre Hangzhou) 1 week, 2016-2018

DIRECTOR / ADAPTOR - What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Mountview, 2 weeks, 2016

DIRECTOR / ADAPTOR - Back to Blackbrick, Arts Theatre West End, 5 weeks, 2016

DIRECTOR- Loserville, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wind In the Willows, Liverpool Theatre School, 2016-2018

DIRECTOR / ADAPTOR - The Tortoise and the Hare, National Tour, 5 weeks, 2017

DIRECTOR- The Memory Show, Drayton Arms Theatre, 4 weeks, 2017

DIRECTOR - Medea, Guildhall Amphitheatre (WINNER- The OWL SCHREAME AWARD), 4 weeks, 2016

DIRECTOR / CO-WRITER - Beans On Toast, Pleasance Theatre / New Diorama Theatre, 5 weeks, 2016

DIRECTOR - [title of show] European Premiere, Assembly Festival, 4 weeks, 2015

DIRECTOR- The School for Husbands, National Tour, 6 weeks, 2015

DIRECTOR- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, National Tour, 5 weeks, 2015


Basic BSL
Basic Makaton
Grade 8 Piano (experience as a Musical Director)


5-10 years


Creative Inclusion Aesthetic
Movement Direction
Music - Can learn by ear
Music - Can Read
Music - Plays Instruments
Music - Singing
Music Composition
Prop Making
Set Design
Sound Design
Working with D/deaf adults / children
Working with D/deaf artists
Working with disabled adults / children
Working with disabled artists
Working with learning disabled adults / children
Working with Young People
Working with young people with special educational needs

Additional Languages

Learning BSL