Scenofest originator

Scenographer/Director/Writer/Curator/Producer Opera Transatlántica


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A leading practising scenographer  and an internationally recognised authority on the subject, Pamela Howard is increasingly recognised as a Director/Creator  and writer. Her book “What is Scenography? “ (Routledge GB/USA 2002 )  is now translated into many languages. Professor Pamela Howard trained at Birmingham College of Art and at the Slade School of Fine Art, 1954-59. Between 1960 and 1971 worked extensively as a Designer at Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Unicorn Theatre for Young People.From 1971/9     study periods at the Théâtre National Populaire, Lyon, France.

Professor Pamela Howard occupies an almost unique position as one of the very few practitioners in her field who, whilst continuing to work professionally in all forms of theatre  has   maintained a parallel career in education. Many designers working in the arena of international theatre and opera and film    have studied with her. Professor Howard was Founder & Artistic Director of the European Scenography Centres, an International Masters Course in  Scenography, based at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, with centres in Utrecht, Prague, Helsinki, and Seville. She was Artistic Director of SCENOFEST, a ground breaking international annual festival held in a different city each year, and which is now integrated into the Prague Quadriennal.       She continues to lecture internationally, is now Professor Emeritus of Central Saint Martins, and is a visiting professor at  Royal Holloway College, University of London ,Tel Aviv University and  a consultant to the University of the Arts in Belgrade.  She is a frequent visitor to universities in the United States.  She was National Commissioner   for Great Britain for  the Prague Quadriennale 1995, formerly  Chair GB Education Commission of OISTAT, and   a  Founder Committee Member  of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

  Recent work:

“Why do you Always Wear Black / “ Original creation  National Theatre School Copenhagen  February 2005

 Director/Designer “The Greek Passion “ (Martinu/Kazantzakis) Opera of Thessaloniki   June 2005.

“Please Take a Seat ! “ original creation for  Belgrade International Festival of Theatre  September 2005

“At the End of the Earth “ (Julia Pascal ) Director/Designer  London 2006

Drawings and Paintings are in  collections of

  • The Arts Council of Great Britain

  • The British Council

  • The City of Leeds Art Gallery

  • The Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Mrs R Kaufman USA

  • Charles Spencer Theatre Gallery

  • Amongst other private collections.

There is a separate academic resumé, with list of publications

Fluent French language and some Spanish

Production credits 1970- 1988 include :

YERMA, SCHOOL FOR WIVES (dir. Di Trevis, RNT) THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (dir. Di Trevis, RSC) ANNIE, ANNA, ARABELLA ( Wesker) Théâtre les Ateliers, Lyon, Théâtre Athenée, Paris. DON GIOVANNI (dir Patrick Garland) Pavilion Opera THE MERCHANT OF VENICE ( dir. Patrick Garland) Chichester Festival Theatre. ANNIE WOBBLER ( Wesker) Birmingham Rep/Fortune Theatre, London. CANDIDA (Shaw) British Council  India. ON THE ROCKS (Shaw, dir Patrick Garland & Jack Emery)KIPLING  (Brian Clark dir Patrick Garland  Mermaid London & USA )  THE MADRAS HOUSE (Granville Barker dir Peter James Lyric Hammersmith/Edinburgh Festival ) Chichester Festival Theatre. SEARGENT MUSGRAVE’S DANCE ( Arden :dir John Burgess) RNT Cottesloe. GILLES DE RAIS ( Planchon) CSC Repertory, New York. TERRA NOVA( Ted Tally) Chichester Festival Theatre. OTHELLO (dir  Ronald Eyre) RSC  MASSACIO FESTIVAL (Peter Schumann) Bread & Puppet Theatre of the USA, Riverside Studios, London. TREETOPS (Nicholas Wright) Riverside Studios HAS WASHINGTON LEGS? (Charles Wood) RNT Cottesloe THE PHILANDERER (Shaw dir Christopher Morahan) RNT Lyttleton THE CHERRY ORCHARD (dir. Peter Gill) Riverside Studios WHITE SUIT BLUES (Adrian Mitchell dir Richard Eyre) Edinburgh Festival WAR MUSIC (Homer/Christopher Logue)for Prospect at the Old Vic. BLUES WHITES & REDS (Roger Planchon  Birmingham Repertory Theatre  -first production outside France. Dir John Burgess, music composed by Carl Davis)


2003            “VICTORY” ( Howard Barker ) dir: Helena Kaut –Howson  International Theatre Season Teatr Wspolczesny  Wroclaw  Poland

             Grand Prix  Bydygoszc Festival of premieres   Poland

“While London Sleeps “  (Dir ; Di Trevis ) Music Theatre  workshop project in development

“Crossing Jerusalem “ (Julia Pascal) dir: Jack Gold Tricycle Theatre London

 Co-organiser of OISTAT EduComm “SCENOFEST “for Prague Quadriennale of Stage Design 2003

2002 “LA CELESTINA’  (Fernando de Rojas/new adaptation by Pamela Howard and Robert Potter)  Director/Scenographer Hopkins Center New Hampshire USA

“SCENOMANIFESTO!”  original creation Rex Cinema Belgrade

2001 ‘What is Scenography? “  pub. Routledge UK/USA

USA visits to  UCLA/Dartmouth College/University of Connecticut/Columbia University/Barnard College

“Inside/Outside “  Director  Studio Theatre , Barnard College  NY USA

2000   Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship  to write “What is Scenography?”

Director “ RONDO AFAFINA “  workshop for Opera Transatlántica – original creation with Edwin Erminy for development 2003

2000   THE CHERRY ORCHARD (Chekhov: dir Stephen Unwin) English Touring Theatre,    Annual Marjorie Frances Lecture at Goldsmith’s College, London; Scenography workshops & lectures with Trinity College Dublin in conjunction with Dublin’s Gate Theatre; The Ballet Independent Group/ Birmingham Royal Ballet; Royal Holloway College  & The University of Middlesex.

1999   THE MASTER BUILDER ( Ibsen dir. Stephen Unwin) English Touring Theatre. VARIACIONES SOBRE UN CONCIERTO BARROCO (Edwin Erminy,from the novel by Alejo Carpentier, dir. Vicente Albarracin) Teatro Teresa Carreno, Caracas & LIFT at Three Mills Island, London  - Producer)   Curator :Ralph Koltai Retrospective, British Council Tour, Beijing, Hong Kong, Taipei.,Prague  Japan . Visiting Professor, Tel Aviv University. THREE VISIONS OF SCENOGRAPHY ( Prague State Opera event PQ 99  : Creator)

1998 FALSTAFF ( Verdi, dir. Stephen Unwin) Garsington Opera. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BERTOLT BRECHT ( original devised   performances created with Di Trevis, RNT  Studio and Lyttleton Theatre, Artaud Theatre San Francisco)

1997 Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL ( Chekhov dir. Stephen Unwin) English Touring Theatre. STAYING ON (  Scott dir Peter James  James Tillit Ltd). Curator of Ralph Koltai Retrospective Exhibition  -Lethaby Galleries, London    SCENOFEST! - International Forum  of Scenography,   Central    Saint Martins College of Art  & Design London Visiting Lecturer: New University Sofia, Bulgaria ‘CURRICULUM  METHODOLOGIES & STRATEGIES IN SCENOGRAPHY’ Visiting Lecturer, Seoul Institute of Fine Arts, Korea PAMELA HOWARD RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION   RONA GALLERY, Mayfair, London.

1996   HENRY IV Parts 1 & 2 (  Shakespear dir Stephen Unwin) English Touring Theatre) THE DEEP BLUE SEA( Rattigan  dir Janet Suzman) Theatr Clwyd HEDDA GABLER (  Ibsen dir Stephen Unwin) English Touring Theatre  ( Best Touring Production, TMA Awards 1996.)

1995   A PATRIOT FOR ME ( Osborne dir Peter Gill) Royal Shakespeare Company, BEHIND THE GREEN CURTAINS (  O’Casey dir Shivaun O’Casey) World Tour. THE ROSE TATTOO ( Tennessee Williams dir. Helena Kaut-Howson) ( TMA Awards Best Designer Nomination) Theatre Clwyd  TMA Awards Best Designer Nomination) UNCLE VANYA   (Chekhov  dir Peter Gill  Field Day Theatre Co.N.  Ireland )

1994 Macbeth ( Shakespeare dir Helena Kaut-Howson), Theatr Clwyd THE PLOUGH & THE STARS (  O’Casey dir Shivaun O’Casey  for O’Casey Theatre Co, Irish, British & USA tour.)   FRANTISEK ZELENKA 1904-1944 ( Curator of exhibition in collaboration with National Museum Prague & Lethaby Galleries, Central Saint Martins  College of Art & Design. )

 SHAKESPEARE’S UNIVERSE ( original creation and Director - Barbican Arts Centre -  International Shakespeare Festival 1994. )

Director  of European Scenography Centres MA Scenography Course, London/Prague/ Utrecht/ Helsinki

1993 ELGAR’S RONDO ( David Pownall. dir  Di Trevis) Royal Shakespeare Co. HAPPY DAYS ( Beckett  dir Jude Kelly) West Yorkshire Playhouse.

1992 THE MADRAS HOUSE ( dir Peter James) Edinburgh Festival & Lyric Hammersmith (Edinburgh Festival Critic’s Award) WICKED OLD MAN ( dir Jude Kelly) West Yorkshire Playhouse.

1991/2 THE REVENGER’S TRAGEDY ( Tourneur. dir Jude Kelly) West Yorkshire Playhouse. JOHN BROWN’S BODY (John McGrath : Tramway Glasgow ) exhibited at Prague Quadriennale 1991.Golden Triga Award for Great Britain

1990 LA CELESTINA ( Fernando Rojas : Director) 9 day workshop at Almeida Theatre, London.   JOHN BROWN’S BODY (John McGrath) Tramway Theatre, Glasgow; Freeway Films for Channel 4 TV. For Glasgow International City of Culture Festival of Europe .Development Director  European Scenography Centres   at Central Saint  Martins College of Art and Design London

1989 BORDER WARFARE ( John McGrath) Tramway Theatre, Glasgow; Freeway Films for Channel 4 TV. MAD WOMAN OF CHAILLOT ( dir Nick Hamm LiIlian Baylis Theatre, London.) GONE WITH THE WYNDES Wrote, directed & produced a story of the Spanish Armada  performed at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Researched and wrote a new version of LA CELESTINA. Joint Student project and visit to Academy of Fine Arts Tblisi, Georgia.

Television programmes about Pamela Howard  include   IN THE MAKING (1982) A BBC 2  documentary about the designs for OTHELLO at the RSC;  ) ARTISTS AND THE PAINTBOX COMPUTER for BBC2 and BRITISH DESIGN ( 1988) made by the Central Office of Information for the Los Angeles Festival.