Pamela Howard is a Director and Scenographer working primarily in opera and contemporary music theatre. Her practice encompasses large and small scale productions, in major opera houses and unloved and forgotten spaces.
Trained at the Slade School of Fine Art ( 1958/9 ) she has had full career as a theatre designer, developing a love of text and context with Fine Art. Since 2000 she has been the total creator of productions developing a scenographic language of beauty and simplicity on stage, where the performer is always ‘the carrier of the myth’. Sustainability and imaginative use of space are central to her practice. A compulsive observer of human life, she is never without a pencil and a sketchbook, notating the everyday, methodically storing her pencil sketches and reworking them on stage.
In 2013 she began her most important work to date, where Life and Art meet as Director/Scenographer for the new Canadian production of the singspiel ‘Charlotte - A Tri-Coloured Play with Music’ with librettist and actor Alon Nashman and composer Ales Brezina .This production uniquely translates some Charlotte Salomon’s 800 gouache paintings from her graphic novel ‘Life or Theatre’ into the three dimensional world of her memory of her former life in Berlin. This production was premiered in Toronto in June 2017 and shown at World Stage Design in Taipei in July 2017, and is now planning a European Tour.
As with this piece, Pamela is often the initiator and creator of collaborative projects that unite artists from many countries through art and music.
She is the author of What is Scenography? translated into six languages and now a new 3rd expanded edition is in preparation for 2019.
Pamela was awarded the OBE in 2008 ‘for Services to Drama and is International Chair in Drama at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama; Visiting Professor at Arts University Bournemouth; and Emeritus Professor at Arts University London.
She is regularly invited to educational events all over the world, and has great joy meeting and working with young people at the start of this long journey of creation.
Photo Roni Hall
2019 Insiders - Outsiders Festival London (Autumn) ‘Ballad of the Cosmo Cafe’ An original music theatre piece with Composer Carl Davis, Librettist Philip Glassborow, Director Pamela Howard.
Charlotte a Tri-Coloured Play with Music Touring Schedule 2018/19
2018 Out of the Ashes Arts Dream Selsey: Public Arts Commission
This project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and Ferry Farm Community Grant Fund is for a community arts based project as a response to the Selsey Academy Fire in August 2016. The school was completely burnt down. The project encapsulates in a large scale art work the images and memories associated with the last 50 years of the Academy Selsey and is a lasting legacy to the 5000 people that were part of that community.
October 2018 Leonard Bernstein “Sing God a simple song” as part of ‘Bernstein in Chichester Festival’
a one off performance devised by Pamela Howard and Carl Davis. Sunday 28 October 7:30pm, Chapel of the Ascension, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane PO19 6PE
June 2017 Director/Scenographer Charlotte a Tri-Coloured Play with Music with Alon Nashman ( Librettist/Performer ) and Ales Brezina (Composer). Luminato Festival Toronto, World Stage Design Festival Taipei and International Tour 2018/19
September 2016 Tonight at the Museum - Charlie Chaplin! Co-Director with Gillian Plowman, choreographer Chris Butler. Performed in the former Workhouse, London now the Cinema Museum.
March 2016 Drawing Theatre - 6 works – an installation marking the opening of the Crab Drawing Studio Arts University Bournemouth.
January 2016 Staging of Last Train to Tomorrow (composer/Conductor Carl Davis ), Chichester Cathedral. Holocaust Memorial Day 2016
March 2015 Carmen (Bizet) new production for National Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia. Director/scenographer.
August 2014 The End of the Journey an installation with performance for WW1 commemoration Selsey, West Sussex, UK.
2013 The New Jerusalem Original site specific music/theatre piece with music composed by Rod Paton, staged at the Pavilion Tea Rooms, Stansted Park, Hampshire UK.
2011/12 The Rise and Fall of Dr Pustrpalk the Charlatan Doctor — Three excerpts from opera 'Śarlatán’ (Pavel Haas) English libretto by Pavel Drabek. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
2011 La Fabrika Contemporary Arts Centre Prague CZ. Installation/Performance The Marriage (Bohuslav Martinů) Opera sung in English from National Theatre Janáček Opera BRNO CZ (original creation 2008/9 for Martinů Revisited Festival) with adjacent Gallery exhibition.
2009/10/11 Project Designer The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre London/USA Tour) Director Nicholas Kent.
2010 Director/Scenographer The Excursion of Mr Brouček to the Moon (Leos Janáček) World Premiere of 1st version of the opera. National Theatre Janáček Opera, BRNO CZ for Janáček International Festival 2010.
2005 Director/Scenographer Greek premiere The Greek Passion Opera (Bohuslav Martinů/Nikos Kazantzakis) Staged in the Byzantine Citadel/former town’s prison Thessaloniki, Greece for Opera of Thessaloniki.
Author of What is Scenography? (Routledge 2009) 3rd Edition in preparation for 2019
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