Director and movement director Joseph Alford made his Royal Opera House debut in 2011 as movement director for Clemency in the Linbury Studio Theatre, directed by Katie Mitchell. He has since returned as movement director on How the Whale Became, directed by Natalie Abrahami, and as Associate Director with Mitchell on Lucia di Lammermoor. He is Artistic Director of Theatre O.
Alford studied drama and English at the University of East Anglia and at the Ecole internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq. He regularly collaborates with Mitchell: his credits with her as associate director include The Way Back Home (English National Opera/Young Vic) and Footfalls/Neither and Le Vin herbé (Berlin State Opera); and as movement director Alcina (Aix en Provence Festival), Idomeneo (English National Opera), The Cherry Orchard (Young Vic), Hansel and Gretel, A Woman Killed with Kindness, Beauty and the Beast and The Cat in the Hat (National Theatre) and The Trial of Ubu (Hampstead Theatre). Other movement direction credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (English Touring Opera, directed by James Conway), Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, directed by David Farr), Blackta (Young Vic, directed by David Lan), Playhouse (Orange Tree Theatre, directed by Martin Crimp) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Clwyd, directed by Kate Wasserberg).
Alford’s credits as director include The Secret Agent (Theatre O/Young Vic), The Man Jesus (Lyric Belfast and UK tour), Delirium, Astronaut and The Argument (Theatre O/Barbican), The Bridge (Mimbre) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Derby Playhouse).