Born in Prince Rupert British Columbia, Alistair Newton is a Toronto-based director of theatre and opera, and Dora nominated playwright. 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. Alistair's work as a director 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.
Alistair served as Assistant Coordinator to Evalyn Parry for The Young Creators' Unit (now The Emerging Creators' Unit) at Buddies for three seasons, and directed five consecutive projects for the program, and he also completed a residency funded by The Canada Council for the Arts as Apprentice Artistic Director to former Buddies Artistic Director Brendan Healy. As an Assistant Director in the theatre, Alistair has worked under Peter Hinton-Davis and Jackie Maxwell at The Shaw Festival, Brendan Healy at Buddies, and Matthew Jocelyn as Canadian Stage, and in opera under François De Carpentries, Paul Curran, and the late Brian MacDonald, all at the Canadian Opera Company.
Alistair spent two seasons at The Shaw Festival of Canada, first as a participant in the Neil Munro Intern Director's Project where he directed Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett --the first time the playwright's work appeared on the Festival's stages -- and then as Assistant Director to Peter Hinton-Davis on his musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.
Alistair adapted and directed a production of Shakespeare's King Lear for Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park staring Diane D'Aquila, and along with Tanja Jacobs, he co-directed Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, also for Canadian Stage. Alistair also directed the North American premiere of Neil Bartlett's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray for George Brown College.
Alistair's recent adaptations of classical texts include The Witch of Edmonton and Marlowe's Edward II.
Alistair holds a BFA from the University of Victoria, and an MFA from York University's program in Stage Direction in Collaboration with Canadian Stage.