Alan is an award-winning director, playwright, performer, teacher and is the Artistic Director of Necessary Angel Theatre Company. His work explores personal, social and political transformation and is rooted in questions of 'self' and ‘other’ inspired by theatrical forms, philosophy and Zen Buddhism. He has directed across Canada and internationally. As a director and theatre maker Alan has brought over twenty new Canadian plays to the stage including acclaimed productions of the Greek-language premiere of This Is War (Porta Theatre, Athens); The Last Wife, The Virgin Trial and Mother’s Daughter (The Stratford Festival / Soulpepper Theatre Company), Crash (Theatre Passe Muraille / Necessary Angel Theatre Company); The Middle Place (Project: Humanity / Canadian Stage / Theatre Passe Muraille); If We Were Birds (Tarragon Theatre / Groundwater Productions) and his own play The Unforgetting (Belltower Theatre). Alan is the founder of The Stillness Room a program that brings people together to experience stillness and silence, as well as co-founding Belltower Theatre and Sheep No Wool, and he served as the Acting Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company in 2018 during a time of crisis. At Soulpepper he had directed acclaimed productions of Idomeneus; The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?; Incident At Vichy; Eurydice; Twelve Angry Men; and others. He is married to actor Maev Beaty, and they have a young daughter.