Joseph W. Alford

Joseph is a Director and Maker in theatre, opera, film and dance. After studying with Jacques Lecoq in Paris he founded ‘theatre O’ in London, and has since directed and performed all over the world. He also spent 9 years working as a Movement Director in both theatre and opera, working with the Royal National Theatre, the RSC, Covent Garden Opera House and the Aix en Provence Opera Festival, amongst others. He has made three films with artist Daria Martin, who went on to win the Derek Jarman film award in 2018.

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With theatre O:

Sheriff - Shoreditch Town Hall
The Secret Agent - Young Vic and UK tour
Delirium - Barbican and UK/Ireland tour
Astronaut - Barbican and UK tour
The Argument - Barbican and world tour
The Lesson - BAC
3 Dark Tales - Barbican and world tour
Bond - BAC and UK tour

With Others:

Old Poems, New Voices; Adam Mickiewicz’s Ballads and Romances - Polish Cultural Institute, London

The Bear (Walton) - The Royal Danish Opera Academy

Ariodante - The Royal Danish Opera Academy

Syllable - World Premier, Trinity Laban

La Finta Giardiniera - Royal Danish Opera Academy

Cosi Fan Tutte - Royal Danish Opera Academy

Tonight the World - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director

Lessons in Love and Violence - Royal Opera House, (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

Pelleas et Melisande - Wielki Opera House, Warsaw - Revival Director

Alcina - Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow - Revival Director

Et c’est ainsi que cet obscur temps s’achève… - Festival d'Aix en Provence

Life Story - Festival d'Aix en Provence

The Hunger Artist - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director

Vol Retour (The Way Back Home) - Paris Opera - Revival Director

100% Cuban (working title) - Ballet Rakatan (Cuba)

At The Threshold - Film with Daria Martin - Associate Director

Neither/Footfalls - Staatsoper Berlin (dir.Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

The Way Back Home - ENO/Young Vic (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

The Man Jesus - Lyric Belfast/National Tour

Le Vin Herbé - Staatsoper Berlin (dir. Katie Mitchell) - Associate Director

The Bridge - Mimbre

Time/Space - Living Dance Studio (Beijing)

Arsenic and Old Lace - Derby Playhouse


The Mirror Crack'd - Salisbury Playhouse (dir. Melly Still)

Jenufa - Dutch National Opera (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Ariadne auf Naxos - Festival d'Aix en Provence

Girls and Boys - Royal Court (dir. Lyndsey Turner)

Miranda - Opéra Comique Paris (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Common - National Theatre (dir. Jeremy Herrin)

OIL - Almeida Theatre (dir. Carrie Cracknell)

Pelléas et Melisande - Festival d'Aix en Provence (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Blue/Orange - Young Vic (dir. Matthew Xia)

Lucia di Lammermoor - Royal Opera House (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Cleansed - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Alcina - Festival d'Aix en Provence (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire - National Theatre (dir. Lyndsey Turner)

The Cherry Orchard - Young Vic (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Happy Days - Young Vic (dir. Natalie Abrahami)

How the Whale Became - ROH2 (dir. Natalie Abrahami)

Hamlet - RSC (dir. David Farr)

Hansel & Gretel - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Blackta - Young Vic (dir. David Lan)

Playhouse - Orange Tree Theatre (dir. Martin Crimp)

The Trial of Ubu - Hampstead Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

A Woman Killed with Kindness - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Clemency - ROH2 (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Beauty and the Beast - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Dancing at Lughnasa - Clwyd (dir. Kate Wasserberg)

Idomeneo - English National Opera (dir. Katie Mitchell)

The Cat in the Hat - National Theatre (dir. Katie Mitchell)

Midsummer Night’s Dream - English Touring Opera (dir. James Conway) - Assistant Director