ABOUT ALEXANDER LASS
Portrait of Alexander Lass by ©Nobby Clark, September 2019
MISSION AND VISION
Alex is an Anglo-American award-nominated theatre director currently based in London, UK. His work encompasses timely revivals of classic texts and world premieres; stories which entertain, enlighten, provoke and inspire. Alex specialises in collaborating closely with writers – Tallulah Brown, Mickey Down & Konrad Kay, Isley Lynn – to develop new plays. Alex is committed to diversity, inclusivity, and access. His work features underrepresented voices, distinctive characters, surprising stories and contemporary resonances.
Alongside Alex's focus on developing new writing, he has directed the work of eminent dramatists including David Hare and Sam Shepard, to critical acclaim. In the words of the great Virginia Woolf, all of Alex's productions aim to offer “moments of illumination, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.” Alex fervently believes in the beneficial power of theatre and the arts more broadly to promote joy, encourage kind curiosity, cultivate understanding, and celebrate our shared humanity.
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for David Hare's The Permanent Way.
Photo by Joe Twigg (2019).
ASSOCIATE & ASSITANT DIRECTING
Alex has significant experience as an Associate and Assistant Director. He has worked with Raz Shaw, Tom Hunsinger, Christopher Morahan, Sam Walters, Auriol Smith, Davis McCallum, Angus Jackson, Phillip Breen, John Ramster, Alan Ayckbourn, and David Grindley. Alex has been an Assistant/Associate at The Orange Tree, in the West End, off-Broadway, at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon and West End), at Theatre Royal Bath, at the Royal Academy of Music Opera and on first class UK tour. The highlight of Alex's Associate Directing career so far was working with Sean Mathias on his award-winning sell-out revival of Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart (UK Tour and West End).
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for Sam Shepard's Ages of the Moon.
Photo by Mark Senior (2019).
EDUCATION, COMMUNITY, OUTREACH AND PARTICIPATION
Alex relishes teaching – nurturing and mentoring students of all ages and backgrounds. Alex has directed productions and delivered participatory activities in a variety of educational settings including workshops in primary and secondary schools, higher education masterclasses, and community youth theatre groups. Much of this work has focussed on contemporary exploration of Shakespeare's texts. Alex holds an enhanced DBS certificate and is registered for the online automatic update service.
Alex has a degree in History of Art (MA Cantab) from Downing College, Cambridge. He trained on the post-graduate Directing Course at LAMDA and subsequently at The Orange Tree Theatre, and on the National Theatre Directors Course (London, UK).
Born and raised in London, Alex is the proud product of 19th century Ukrainian and 20th century Polish Jewish immigration to America and England. He holds Dual UK / USA Citizenship. Outside of the theatre, Alex enjoys jazz and classical music, food & drink, literature, comedy, cinema, nature, museums & galleries, history & heritage. Alex supports Tottenham Hotspur, he is a keen swimmer, and he has recently begun regularly practising meditation, mindfulness and yoga.