Joseph Alford

I am an opera and theatre director and maker.

I grew up in New Delhi in the 70s, communist Warsaw in the mid-80s and London in-between. After studying English and Theatre at the University of East Anglia, I spent 2 years training with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. After leaving France in 1997, I founded ‘theatre O’, making original theatre work and touring it around the world. Alongside my work with theatre O I freelance as a Director in theatre, opera, dance and film.

For 9 years I also worked as Movement Director, helping create the staging for major operas and theatre productions throughout the world. I was responsible for directing revivals for these works at the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Wielki in Warsaw and Staatsoper in Berlin.

I have taught and led workshops in New York, Beijing, Paris and London.

In the music and dance world, I have worked on the development of new opera at Snape Maltings, and new dance in Cuba. With composer, Ed Jessen, I have worked on two new pieces, Gallup Memo and the world premier of Syllable. I have made three films with artist Daria Martin, who went on to win the Derek Jarman Film Award in 2018.. I am currently developing a solo show with dancer Mara Galeazzi and a new performance piece with choreographer Kihako Narisawa in Basel.

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For 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

For 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