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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.
Sustainability and imaginative use of space are central to her work, that links to her former training at the Slade School of Art (1958/9). A full career as a theatre designer, with a love of text and context, has led her since 2000 to develop an scenographic language of beauty and simplicity on stage, where the performer is always ‘the carrier of the myth.’ As a compulsive observer of human life, she is never without a pencil and a sketch book,
notating the everyday, methodically storing her pencil sketches and reworking them on stage. Pamela Howard is often the initiator and creator of collaborative projects that link artists from many countries united through art and music. She is the author of What is Scenography? now translated into 6 languages, and a curator of theatre related exhibition. 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. All this to be shown in her own exhibition in March 2016 ‘Drawing Theatre’ in the new Drawing Studio at Arts University Bournemouth
International Chair in Drama: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff.
Visiting Professor Arts University Bournemouth UK.
Emeritus Professor: University of the Arts, London.
2016/17 ‘Charlotte a Tri-Coloured Play with Music’ A singspiel - final preparations for full production and tour 2017 Ales Brezina (Composer), Alon Nashman (librettist), Yaron Abulafia (lights).
January 2016 Staging of ‘Last Train to Tomorrow’ Carl Davis (composer/Conductor), Chichester Cathedral to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
August 2015 ‘Tonight at the Pavilion… Charlie Chaplin’ a new music theatre piece written by Gillian Plowman, for the restored Pavilion Theatre, Selsey. Co-director/scenographer.
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.
2013 Finalist World Stage Design exhibition Cardiff ‘The Spirit of Brouček’ installation.
2013 ‘The Mystery of Space’ Distinguished Artists Lecture, University of Hull.
2012 ‘The Art of Chichester Festival Theatre’ Interactive exhibition/Installation Pallant House Gallery Chichester.
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.
2009 Author of ‘What is Scenography 2nd edition’ (Routledge UK/USA).
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.