Alex Ates is a theater artist from New Orleans. He is the Director of Theater at Westtown School.

Former reporter on American theater, entertainment industry, organized labor, diversity/representation and inclusion, #MeToo, Time's Up, and Covid-19 for Backstage. Bylines with American TheatreHowlroundScalawag

Guest artist at Agnes Scott College, Emerson College, Teachers College of Columbia University, and  Tulane University. Former K-5 Theater teacher at Lusher School. 

Published researcher on Black Mountain CollegeRecipient of Graduate Scholar Award from Southeastern Theatre Conference, SETC.

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

Former education and engagement director of The NOLA Project.


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


  • New York University, Gallatin (MA, '22) (profile here), Dean's Graduate Scholarship

  • The University of Alabama (MFA) (profile here). 

  • Emerson College (BA).

  • Educated in Orleans Parish Public Schools.