Alan Paul is a director of theater and opera. 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. Last season he received two Helen Hayes nominations for Best Director for Man of La Mancha and Silence! The Musical, and his productions received a total of 20 Helen Hayes Nominations.
Shakespeare Theatre Company credits include Romeo and Juliet, Kiss Me Kate, Man of La Mancha with Anthony Warlow, A Funny Thing…Forum, The Boys From Syracuse, and the “Free For All” Revivals of The Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night. Alan also served as Associate Director for Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 with Stacy Keach (directed by Michael Kahn), as well as As You Like It (directed by Michael Attenborough).
Upcoming projects include The Pirates of Penzance (April 2017, Palm Beach Opera), Man of La Mancha (June 2017, Portland Opera), The Pajama Game (Fall 2017, Arena Stage), and Camelot (Spring 2018, The Shakespeare Theatre Company).
In 2013, Alan was the only American finalist for the European Opera Directing Prize in Vienna, Austria. Last year he directed the world premiere of Penny for The 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 taught scene study at the University of Maryland’s Opera Studio and continues to teach acting to Washington National Opera’s Young Artists.
D.C. theater highlights include I Am My Own Wife (Signature Theatre), Silence! The Musical (Studio Theatre, 2nd Stage), The Rocky Horror Show (Studio Theatre 2ndStage), 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, and David Muse on twelve productions. Alan also has extensive credits as music director and accompanist.
Alan graduated from Northwestern University in 2006.