Alan McKendrick (Theatre Director)

Alan McKendrick is a writer and director working across theatre, film and opera. He is currently Playwrights’ Studio Scotland Writer-In-Residence for Untitled Projects, for whom he recently adapted and directed a ‘fullbore literary arthouse crazyfest’ staging of Alexander Trocchi’s cult novel Cain’s Book.

Alan first worked with Untitled in 2009 as assistant director on An Argument About Sex, subsequently serving as dramaturg on both The Salon Project and The Salon Project Revisited. His production of Cain’s Book is the first show in Untitled Projects’ 15-year history not to have been directed by company Artistic Director Stewart Laing.

Other stage work as writer/director includes Finished With Engines (Arches/Traverse); The James Dean Death Scene (Tron/Traverse); The Bad Drive Well (Arches) and a desecration of Thomas Middleton & William Rowley’s The Changeling (Òran Mór).

Opera: as librettist/director Hope Dies Hard In His House (Aldeburgh Music, comp. Luke Styles); as librettist Ringside Seat At The Sobriety Olympics (Aldeburgh Music, comp. Donal Sarsfield) and Every Inch Of Many Effigies (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, comp. Joanna Lee); as assistant director La vie parisienne (Malmö Opera Sweden); as dramaturg La fedeltà premiata (Bayerische Staatsoper Munich).

Film work as writer/director includes the 20min narrative installation loop Violence Was Offered (Playwrights’ Studio Scotland/Arches), made with over one hundred bespoke photographic stills by visual artist Tobias Feltus.

Alan has also translated numerous plays from German, including Ödön von Horvàth’s Kasimir & Karoline (National Theatre Of Scotland) and Kevin Rittberger’s Peeping Ends (National Theatre Studio).