Stewart Laing

International Mentorship & Bursary 2015/6 Mentor


Stewart_Laing Photo by Peter Holliday

Stewart directs and designs theatre and opera. He is Artistic Director of Untitled Projects, which he formed in 1998.

Stewart started working as a director in 1993, forming TV Productions with Lorna Ferguson. Together they produced The Homosexual (Tramway 1993), Brainy (CCA1995) and Happy Days (Tramway/Traverse 1996).

Other directing work includes The Father, The She Wolf, A Long Days Journey into Night, Medea, The Pleasure Man, Dance of Death and most recently, The Maids, at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow. Stewart participated in the inaugural project of the National Theatre of Scotland in 2006, directing Home: Stornoway. He also directed Les Parents terrible for Dundee Rep and 10 Plagues for the Traverse.

Operas Stewart has directed include La bohème, for Scottish Opera Go Round, Così fan tutte for Scottish Opera, L’heure espagnole and The Breasts of Tiresias for Grange Park Opera, Tosca for Norrlandsoperan in Sweden, and La bohème for Scottish Opera. For Malmo Opera in Sweden, he has directed Faust, Dead Man Walking, La fanciulla del West, and La vie parisienne. He also directed Haydn’s La fedeltà premiata, for the Bavarian State Opera Young Artists Programme in Munich

Stewart originally trained as a theatre designer at Central School of Art and Design in London. He has worked extensively as a theatre designer throughout the UK, in the USA, in Denmark and in Italy. He has designed for Scottish Opera, Citizens Company, Royal Lyceum, Traverse, Dundee Rep and Perth Rep, as well as English National Opera, Opera North, Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre, Crucible, Almeida and Royal Court. In the USA he has designed for the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Builders Association and for theatres in New Haven, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has also designed for the West End and Broadway (winning a Tony Award in 1997 for his work on the musical Titanic). He recently designed Peter Grimes at La Scala, Milan.

Stewart was the recipient of a 2002 Creative Scotland Award, to research the potential of computer controlled digital imagery in live performance. In 1995 he was the recipient of a Wingate Scholarship to retrace Michel Foucault’s journey through Death Valley in California.