Catherine Alexander, BA

Job title

Reader in Theatre Making, Course Leader: Acting - Collaborative and Devised Theatre (BA)


Acting (CDT), BA

Teaching areas

  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Collaborative and devised theatre
  • Integrated design practices


Catherine Alexander has taught at the Central School of Speech & Drama since 2006. She trained at L'Ecole Jacques Lecoq (including two years at the Laboratory of Movement Studies) and participated in the National Theatre Studio Director's Programme.

She is an Associate Director for Complicite, Artistic Director of Quiconque and has worked nationally and internationally as a performer, director and teacher for 18 years.

Research areas

  • New methodologies for creating devised and compositional theatre
  • Applying theatre-making practice to models of actor training

Funding awards

  • BID writing scheme award 2009 (Central Research 2007)
  • CETT funding for Mr Pye and The Boy from Centreville (CETT/Central School of Speech & Drama)
  • TQEF sabbatical award to work on A Disappearing Number (Central Research 2007)
  • Winner of the Jerwood Prize (Young Vic/Jerwood Foundation 2006)
  • John Fernald Award for Directors (Complicite 2003)
  • Newcomer Award from London Arts for Hideaway (Quiconque 2003)
  • Recipient of Zochonis Scholarship and Prudhoe Award for projects in Poland and Russia (University Of Manchester)


BA (Hons) Drama (First Class, Manchester University)

Certificat Fin des Etudes (Ecole Jacques Lecoq)

External Memberships

Trustee for Blind Summit Theatre 2010 – 2014

Member of Editorial Board for Theatre Dance and Performance Training Journal


2010 ''Complicite/The Elephant Vanishes' in Harvie, J. and Lavender, A. (eds.) Making Contemporary Theatre: International Rehearsal ProcessesManchester University Press: Chapter 3

2000 Devising  written in consultation with Simon McBurney: available as a pdf from


Work with Complicite includes:

2011 -12 (Associate Director) Avignon Festival and Tour, The Master and Margarita, Barbican

2007-2008 (Associate Director) BITE festival, A Disappearing Number, Barbican

2004-2005 (Associate Director) BITE and Lincoln Centre Festival, The Elephant Vanishes, Setagaya Public Theatre, Tokyo

2000-2008 (Creative Development and Casting) Shunkin

1997 (Artistic Collaborator) Royal Court and Broadway, The Chairs

1997 (Assistant Director) National Theatre and Tour, The Caucasian Chalk Circle

1994-1995 (Assistant Director) Out of a house walked a man..., National Theatre

As Artistic Director of Quiconque she has performed in most of the shows: Fundamental, Last Laughs, Window Play, Big Bad Duvet Terror, Hideaway and Biscuits of Love. Currently working on a stage adaptation of Mr Pye by Mervyn Peake.

Other work includes

2012 (Movement Director) Wild Oats, Bristol Old Vic

2011-12 (Director) SOLD, Pleasance Theatre (Winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award and Media Award for best play)

2010 (Director) Opera North, The Gypsy Bible

2008 (Director) Royal Academy of Arts, Touching Space

2008 (Director) Edinburgh Fringe, The Boy from Centreville

2006 (Staff Director) National Theatre, Coram Boy

2002 (Director) Dissecting Anatomies, Goldsmiths College

2001 (Director) Unity Theatre, The Man of Iron, Liverpool