Scenographer/Director/Writer/Curator/Producer Opera Transatlántica
PROFESSOR EMERITUS : THE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON
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31, Percy Street London W1T 2DD
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.
“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
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)
RECENT CREDITS INCLUDE:
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.