ABOUT ALEXANDER LASS
Alexander is a theatre director based in London, UK. His work seeks to entertain, inform, challenge and inspire everyone who encounters it. Alexander is committed to openness, tolerance, fair representation, accessibility and inclusivity.
Portrait of Alexander Lass by ©Nobby Clark, September 2019
Alexander has recently conducted a series of interviews with esteemed theatre artists for Harold Pinter: Histories and Legacies, an AHRC-funded research project at Leeds, Birmingham and Reading Universities, led by Dr Mark Taylor-Batty. The transcripts from these interviews will be available online in due course.
Alexander is increasingly interested in screen directing. He recently made a short film to celebrate the 5th anniversary of The Heong Gallery at Downing College, Cambridge. This film was created during the 2021 national lockdown using archival footage, still photography and video testimonials recorded remotely.
In March 2020, Alexander directed a rehearsed reading of My Name Is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, based on the iconic novel by Chaim Potok. The reading marked the UK premiere performance of the play.
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for The Permanent Way - photo by Joe Twigg 2019
PREVIOUS DIRECTING WORK
Alexander has directed a wide variety of work including thrilling new writing and timely revivals of classic texts. Alexander has collaborated closely with playwrights to develop their work, always searching for marginalised voices, untold stories, present-day resonances, and universal themes daringly interpreted. In 2019 he commissioned Tallulah Brown to adapt her unproduced radio play When the Birds Come for the stage. After a fruitful dramaturgical process, Alexander's world premiere production received acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Alexander was a Best Director nominee at the inaugural Stage Debut Awards for his first full-length production, 46 Beacon by Bill Rosenfield (Trafalgar Studios 2, 2017).
In 2015, Alexander developed, directed, and co-produced the world premiere of Giant Leap, a comedy-drama by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay. This hit Edinburgh production starred comedians Tom Stade, Phil Nichol and Lewis Schaffer. Mickey and Konrad have since gone on to create the acclaimed TV show Industry (HBO/BBC).
PREVIOUS ASSOCIATE / ASSISTANT DIRECTING WORK
Alexander has worked as an Associate and Assistant Director in theatre and opera at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in London's West End, off-Broadway at The Mint Theater Co. NYC, on UK Tour, at The Royal Academy of Music, at Theatre Royal Bath, and with Sir Alan Ayckbourn in Scarborough. The highlight of Alexander's time as an Associate Director was working with Sean Mathias on his award-winning sell-out revival of Harold Pinter's No Man's Land (UK Tour and West End) starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.
Alongside directing, Alexander is also an educator. He has taught acting, directing, and dramaturgy at schools, universities and drama schools including LAMDA.
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for Ages of the Moon - photo by Mark Senior 2019
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Alexander studied History of Art at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the inaugural Judy C Petty Scholarship in Music and Drama. Afterwards, he trained on the LAMDA Directing Course. In 2012-13, Alexander was one of Sam Walters' penultimate Trainee Directors at the Orange Tree Theatre. While there, Alexander assisted on main-house productions, co-directed a weekly youth theatre, read unsolicited scripts and wrote script reports, and supported the Education and Outreach Departments. At the end of Alexander's year at The Orange Tree, he curated and co-directed a festival of new writing called Unrivalled Landscape.
In 2017, Alexander was one of 12 invited participants on the annual National Theatre Directors Course.
Alexander enjoys jazz and classical music, whisk(e)y, literature, comedy, food & wine, museums & galleries, history & heritage. Alexander supports Tottenham Hotspur, he is a keen swimmer, and he is interested in nature and conservation. Alexander holds an enhanced DBS certificate and he is a Dual UK / USA Citizen.