Born in Prince Rupert British Columbia, Alistair Newton is a Toronto-based playwright and director of theatre and opera. Alistair was a participant in the inaugural presentation of The Ark at TheNational Arts Centre English Theatre (2006), and is a member of the Directors Lab of Lincoln Center Theater. Alistair served as Apprentice Director for the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company (2009/10 Season), where he directed a production of Pergolesis La Serva Padrona. Recent work includes director/dramaturge for Bella: The Color of Love with Teresa Tova and Mary Kerr (Philadelphia Theatre Company, a commission for the 2011 Philadelphia InternationalFestival of the Arts) and writer/director for Of a Monstrous Child: a gaga musical which closed the 2012/13 Mainstage season at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
As a journalist, Alistair is a contributor to Xtra Magazine. His work has also appeared in fab and the Gay and Lesbian Review. Alistair is a contributor to the TRANS(per)FORMING Nina Arsenault:An Unreasonable Body of Work, an international publication edited by Judith Rudakoff for Intellect Books (June, 2012). Alistair holds a BFA from the University of Victoria and he recently completed a residency as Apprentice Artistic Director at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Alistair will be one of the Neil Munro Intern Directors at the Shaw Festival of Canada for the 2014 Season.
My output as a playwright and director with Ecce Homo Theatre seeks to achieve intimacy through artifice using a queer aesthetic as a tool for destabilization, to draw attention to hypocrisy and deflate the un-ironic. As one of my former teachers Charles Marowitz once said, Laughter can be a hammer-stroke in the hands of deft satirists.