Alan Paul is a director of theater and opera. He splits his time between New York and Washington, DC.
He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC (Recipient of the 2012 Regional Theater Tony Award). Alan is also the recipient of the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for Best Director of a Musical for his production of A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum.
Alan recently directed The Comedy of Errors at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the production was nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Director. Other recent credits include The Pajama Game at Arena Stage, Kiss Me, Kate at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, and Camelot which became the highest grossing show in The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s history in 2018. Camelot received six Helen Hayes nominations.
Shakespeare Theatre Company credits include Romeo and Juliet, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha with Anthony Warlow (Helen Hayes Nomination, Best Director), A Funny Thing…Forum, The Boys From Syracuse, The Winter's Tale, and Twelfth Night.
In 2013, Alan was the only American finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize in Vienna, Austria. Opera highlights include The Pirates of Penzance (Palm Beach Opera, starring Stephanie Blythe), Man of La Mancha (Portland Opera), and Penny (Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center). Other opera credits include Photo-Op, Before Breakfast, The Filthy Habit, Bastianello, and Lucrezia at Urban Arias; Dido and Aeneas and El Amor Brujo for The In Series; and Butterfly / Saigon at Strathmore Concert Hall.
Alan has collaborated extensively with The National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and with conductors Edward Gardner, Juraj Valcuha, and Gianadrea Noseda. Alan has taught scene study at the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio and acting for the Washington National Opera’s Young Artist Program.
D.C. theater highlights include The Pajama Game (Arena Stage), I Am My Own Wife (Signature Theatre), Silence! The Musical (Studio Theatre, Helen Hayes Nominee for Best Director), The Rocky Horror Show (Studio Theatre), Fully Committed (MetroStage), and Fire and Air (Kennedy Center, with Bowen McCauley Dance). Alan has directed many readings and workshops at STC as well as Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage, The Phillips Collection, The National Academy of Sciences, and Georgetown University.
From 2007-2010, Alan served as Resident Assistant Director at The Shakespeare Theatre, and assisted directors Michael Kahn, Mary Zimmerman, Rebecca Taichman, Jonathan Munby, Gale Edwards Michael Attenborough, and David Muse on fourteen productions. Alan also has extensive credits as music director and accompanist.
Alan graduated from Northwestern University in 2006.