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Photo by Jeff Hanson at The University of Alabama. 

Alex Ates is the Director of Pre-K-12 Visual and Performing Arts at Westtown School, a Quaker day and boarding school in West Chester, Pennslyvania; Alex splits his time between there and his hometown, New Orleans. 

Instructor of the Arts and Leadership Workshop with the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Bylines in American TheatreBackstageHowlround, and Scalawag. (MuckRack here). 

Directed productions at Agnes Scott College, Emerson College, Tulane University, and The University of Alabama.


Former elected board member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). Former board member of Goat in the Road Productions in New Orleans. 

Schooled at NYU, The University of Alabama, Emerson College. At Emerson, Alex was the recipient of the Performing Arts Chair Award and graduated magna cum laude. At UA, Alex received the young scholar award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). At NYU, he was the graduate representative for Gallatin, the school's highest honor. 

Member of Actors' Equity and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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