Photo by Jeff Hanson at The University of Alabama. 

Alex Ates is from New Orleans. He is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts at Westtown School in West Chester, Pennslyvania.

Instructor of the Arts and Leadership Workshop with the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University; he works with both the New Orleans and New York City cohorts. 

Former entertainment industry reporter and columnist at Backstage. Bylines in American TheatreHowlround, and Scalawag. (MuckRack here). 

Directed productions in residence at Agnes Scott College and Emerson College. Former elected board member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). 

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 NYU, he was the graduate representative for Gallatin, the school's highest honor. 

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