Alan Stanford, Artistic and Executive Director
Alan Stanford is Artistic & Executive Director of PICT Classic Theatre and has been a part of the PICT family for over a decade. Mr. Stanford’s professional career in theatre has spanned more than 50 years, as actor, director, and writer, of the stage and screen. He is the founder and former Artistic Director of Ireland’s Second Age Theatre Company, and for more than 30 years, was a leading actor and principal director with the renowned Gate Theatre, Dublin. Mr. Stanford had the honor of serving on the Arts Council of Ireland from 2003 through 2008. He holds the privilege of directing Harold Pinter in his own play, The Collection. Mr. Stanford has presented many of his own adaptations internationally, most notably Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which he directed, most recently, at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in 2015. For more than 20 years, Mr. Stanford has played the role of Pozzo, Waiting for Godot, on the international stage. Known as Ireland’s leading exponent of the works of Oscar Wilde, Mr. Stanford performed in PICT’s The Importance of Being Earnest and directed Salome and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Last season, he produced a three-part celebration of Wilde with “In the Company of Oscar Wilde”, “Wilde Fairy Tales” and “The Trial of Oscar Wilde”. Last on the PICT stage for PICT’s Wilde celebration and The Lion in Winter as Henry II, Mr. Stanford also produced and directed a World Premiere adaptation of Oedipus Rex, from Sophocles, to critical acclaim. With his own adaptation and direction of The Old Curiosity Shop, he completes a trilogy of Dickensian classics for PICT, which included Oliver Twist (2015, adaptation and Director) and Great Expectations(2014, Director).