Alex is an Anglo-American theatre and opera director based in London, UK. Recent projects include the first ever major revival of The Permanent Way by David Hare. This site-specific production enjoyed a critically acclaimed run in the former railway depot at The Vaults beneath London's Waterloo Station September - November 2019.
Portrait of Alexander Lass by ©Nobby Clark, September 2019
Alex has directed a wide variety of work including thrilling new writing and timely revivals of classic texts. Alex has collaborated closely with playwrights to develop their work, such as working with Tallulah Brown on When the Birds Come which enjoyed an acclaimed world premiere at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Alex was a Best Director nominee at the inaugural Stage Debut Awards for his first full-length production, 46 Beacon a new play by Bill Rosenfield (Trafalgar Studios 2).
Alex has worked as an Associate and Assistant Director in theatre and opera at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in London's West End, off-Broadway, on UK Tour, at The Royal Academy of Music, at Theatre Royal Bath, and at The Stephen Joseph Theatre.
A highlight of Alex'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.
Alex has also worked as a teacher and guest-director at schools and drama schools including LAMDA.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
After studying History of Art at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was awarded the inaugural Judy C Petty Scholarship in Music and Drama, and training on the LAMDA Directing Course, Alex was one of Sam Walters' penultimate Trainee Directors at the Orange Tree Theatre. While there, Alex assisted on main-house productions, co-directed a weekly youth theatre, supported the Literary, Education and Outreach Departments, and curated and co-directed a festival of new writing called Unrivalled Landscape.
In 2017, Alex was one of 12 invited participants on the annual National Theatre Directors Course.
Alex enjoys swimming, cycling, Regency art and architecture, classical music, jazz, whisk(e)y, and he is interested in nature and conservation. He holds dual UK / USA Citizenship.