Alex Ates is a theater artist from New Orleans. He is the Director of Theater at Westtown School, a Quaker-rooted boarding and day school in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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 College and verbatim performanceRecipient of Graduate Scholar Award from Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC). Conferences presentations at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL), Gallatin Student Research Conference, National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), and SETC.

Former board member of 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. 


Schooled at:

  • New York University, Gallatin (MA) (profile here), Dean's Team, Dean's Graduate Scholar. 

  • The University of Alabama (MFA), Graduate School Ambassador (profile here). 

  • Emerson College (BA), magna cum laude, Purple Key Leadership Society, Performing Arts Chair Award.

  • Educated in Orleans Parish Public Schools.