ABOUT ALEXANDER LASS
Portrait of Alexander Lass by ©Nobby Clark, September 2019
Alex is an award-nominated theatre director. His critically-acclaimed work encompasses timely revivals of classic texts and world premieres. 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. In the words of the great Virginia Woolf, Alex's productions aim to offer “moments of illumination, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark.”
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for David Hare's The Permanent Way.
Photo by Joe Twigg (2019).
In addition to directing his own work, 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).
Alongside directing 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 trained at Cambridge University, LAMDA, The Orange Tree Theatre, and on the National Theatre Directors Course. Born and raised in London, Alex is the proud product of immigration. Alex has dual UK/USA Citizenship.
Outside of the theatre, Alex enjoys jazz and classical music, whisk(e)y, literature, comedy, food, wine, museums & galleries, history & heritage. Alex supports Tottenham Hotspur, he is a keen swimmer, and he is interested in nature and conservation. Alex is currently based in Stepney, East London, where he lives with his partner and their rescue cat Bombur.