Alan Lyddiard is an award-winning theatre and film director, producer and writer working across the UK, Europe and beyond. Alan is best known as an advocate for the community art movement, international collaboration, and ensemble theatre practice. He was Artistic Director of The Northern Stage Ensemble, Newcastle upon Tyne (1992–2005), Artistic Director of TAG Theatre Company, Glasgow (1988–1992) and Associate Director at Dundee Rep (1984–1988). His stage adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 has been produced in theatres worldwide, including long runs across USA, Germany and France. Since 2015, Allan has been working as an associate Artist with Mind The Gap Theatre. Mind the Gap is England’s largest learning disability theatre company that creates work for UK and international audiences.
Since 2014, Alan is the Artistic Director of The Performance Ensemble. This company is an ensemble of older performers (60 years and above) from different cultural backgrounds, creating contemporary theatre for audiences of all ages. The Ensemble works in the space between professional, community and amateur arts, aspiring to create world-class theatre performance that emerges from the heart of communities.