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Brief Biography

Pamela Howard has worked as a Stage Designer in the UK, Europe and USA since 1960, and has realised over 300 productions major national and regional theatres, including the creation of several large scale site-specific works in Glasgow with the late John McGrath. Creator with Edwin Erminy of Opera Transatlantica (Venezuela/London) - dedicated to contemporary music theatre stories that explored cultural diversity.


Since 2000 she has been developing her work as Director/Scenographer specializing in contemporary opera and music theatre, with a particular interest in site specific and sustainable theatre.


Pamela holds the International Chair in Drama: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, is an Emeritus Professor: University of the Arts, London and a Visiting Professor Arts University Bournemouth UK.


In 2008 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for Services to Drama

In development

2019 Eddi of Manhood End  A Community opera to celebrate the  completion of the restoration work of the Selsey Pavilion in partnership with City Walls Opera Company Chichester.  Composer Howard Moody. Director/Scenographer Pamela Howard


2019 Insiders - Outsiders Festival   London  (Autumn) Ballad of the Cosmo Cafe  An original music theatre piece  with composer Carl Davis, Librettist Philip  Glassborow, Director Pamela Howard.


Charlotte a Tri-Coloured Play with Music with Music  Touring Schedule 2018/19


Arts Commission 2018

Arts Dream Selsey project Out of the Ashes

This project funded by the Big Lottery Fund and  Ferry Farm Community Grant Fund is for a community arts based project as a response to the Selsey Academy Fire in August 2016. The school was completely burnt down. The project encapsulates in a large scale art work the images and memories associated with the last 50 years of the Academy Selsey and is a lasting legacy to the 5000 people that were part of that community.



June 2017 Director/Scenographer Charlotte a Tri-Coloured Play with Music with Alon Nashman ( Librettist/Performer ) and Ales Brezina (Composer). Luminato Festival Toronto, World Stage Design Festival Taipei and International Tour 2018/19


September 2016  Tonight at the Museum - Charlie Chaplin!  Co-Director with Gillian Plowman, choreographer Chris Butler. Performed in the former Workhouse, London now the Cinema Museum.


March 2016  Drawing Theatre - 6 works – an installation marking the opening of the Crab Drawing Studio Arts University Bournemouth.


January 2016 Staging of Last Train to Tomorrow (composer/Conductor Carl Davis ),  Chichester Cathedral. Holocaust Memorial Day 2016


March 2015 Carmen (Bizet) new production for National Opera Ljubljana, Slovenia. Director/scenographer.


August 2014 The End of the Journey an installation with performance for WW1 commemoration Selsey, West Sussex, UK.


2013 The New Jerusalem Original site specific music/theatre piece with music composed by Rod Paton, staged at the Pavilion Tea Rooms, Stansted Park, Hampshire UK.


2011/12 The Rise and Fall of Dr Pustrpalk the Charlatan Doctor — Three excerpts from opera 'Śarlatán’ (Pavel Haas) English libretto by Pavel Drabek. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.


2011 La Fabrika Contemporary Arts Centre Prague CZ. Installation/Performance The Marriage (Bohuslav Martinů) Opera sung in English from National Theatre Janáček Opera BRNO CZ (original creation 2008/9 for Martinů Revisited Festival) with adjacent Gallery exhibition.


2009/10/11 Project Designer The Great Game (Tricycle Theatre London/USA Tour) Director Nicholas Kent.


2010 Director/Scenographer The Excursion of Mr Brouček to the Moon (Leos Janáček) World Premiere of 1st version of the opera. National Theatre Janáček Opera, BRNO CZ for Janáček International Festival 2010.


2005 Director/Scenographer Greek premiere The Greek Passion Opera (Bohuslav Martinů/Nikos Kazantzakis) Staged in the Byzantine Citadel/former town’s prison Thessaloniki, Greece for Opera of Thessaloniki.


Author of What is Scenography? (Routledge 2009) 3rd Edition in preparation for 2018


for detailed design history please contact agents@diman.co.uk