ABOUT ALEXANDER LASS
Portrait of Alexander Lass by ©Nobby Clark, September 2019
The director, Alexander Lass, draws out every bit of wisdom, comedy, and intelligence that the superb cast has to offer.
- The New Yorker on The Rat Trap by Noël Coward.
Alex is a British and American award-nominated theatre director based in London and New York City. His work encompasses world premieres and timely revivals of classic texts; stories which entertain, enlighten, provoke and inspire.
In Alexander Lass’s finely tuned production, you know instantly that you are in safe hands.
- The Times on Ages of The Moon by Sam Shepard.
In the words of the great Virginia Woolf, 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.
Sharply informative and profoundly moving. It is the humanity of the piece that comes through most strongly in Alexander Lass’s production.
- The Guardian on The Permanent Way by David Hare.
Alexander Lass in rehearsals for David Hare's The Permanent Way.
Photo by Joe Twigg (2019).
ASSOCIATE & ASSITANT DIRECTING
The highlight of Alex's Associate Directing career to date 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).
Previously, Alex 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 in the West End, off-Broadway, at the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon and West End), Theatre Royal Bath, Royal Academy of Music Opera, the Orange Tree Theatre, and on first class UK tour.
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. Alex holds an enhanced DBS certificate and is registered for the online automatic update service.
Alex trained on the National Theatre Directors Course, at the Orange Tree Theatre, and on the Directors Course at LAMDA. He holds a degree in History of Art (MA Cantab) from Downing College, Cambridge.
Alex is a Dual UK / USA Citizen. 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 regularly practises meditation, mindfulness and yoga. Alex completed the St John's Ambulance First Aid at Work Course in 2022.
Tender and memorable...so beautiful it takes your breath away...
-The Times on When the Birds Come by Tallulah Brown