Alex is the director of Mad Moon, a world premiere synth-pop musical for multigenerational audiences written by Pulitzer-finalist Lisa D'Amour with music by Sam Craft. The musical was incubated at The NOLA Project High School Intensive and at Emerson College's NewFest Workshop.
He is the director of Ellsworth, a world premiere musical for young people and families by James Bartelle and Ayla Miller based on the Jon Agee picture book.
Alex was the co-creator (with composer Patrick Greeley) and original director of The Shakespearean Jazz Show which was presented in NYC Off-Broadway, in Boston at ArtsEmerson, and in New Orleans at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival. The production was devised with Tony-nominee Emily Skeggs and a cross-country ensemble of young actors and musicians from bands like Air Traffic Controller and Betty Who. The cast recording—"Speak the Speech"—is available on Spotify.
His directing (Leaving Dynamite) and writing ("The Worldwide Theater at Our Fingertips") with poet and educator Donnie Welch has been cited in the book Theatre, Social Media, and Meaning Making by Bree Hadley.
Actor, Director, Non-Profit Administrator
He is a member of The NOLA Project theater company, becoming a resident actor, main-stage director, and the education and engagement director from 2013-2017. Alex has been a featured actor at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival since 2008.
Alex is a member of Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Campus Workers.
Educator + AATE + Columbia Teachers College
From 2014-2017, Alex was a full-time theater faculty member at Lusher Charter School–serving as the PreK-8 Network Co-Chair and 2017 Conference Co-Chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). He was elected to the Board of Directors for AATE in 2018. During the summers, Alex leads a workshop on Theater and Leadership for Columbia Teachers College Principals Academy in New Orleans.
Alex directed The Shakespearean Jazz Show and Chasing Ballerinas: A Coming of Gay Story with Quinn Marcus (Winner "Best Stand Up," United Solo) in NYC.
Alex is a contributing writer and expert columnist for Backstage magazine where he covers industry, diversity, and the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. He also writes for American Theatre magazine and Scalawag on theater in the American South. Alex has written several essays on American theater for Howlround and theater education for Incite/Insight—where he also serves as the managing editor.
Alex designed and implemented curriculum for 700+ students at Lusher Charter School—top 3 school in Louisiana; "exemplary school," Arts School Network.
College Instruction and Direction
Alex has served as an artist in residence at Agnes Scott College and Emerson College. He is a graduate instructor at The University of Alabama (Intro to Theater, Teaching Theater and Beginning Directing)—where he also directs department productions. Alex's teaching method has been featured on the university's Faculty Teaching Hub.
Undergrad and Grad
In 2013, Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in Boston with the Performing Arts Chair's Award and Purple Key Leadership Society membership. In 2017, Alex was the sole student accepted into The University of Alabama's MFA Directing program. In 2019, Alex's paper, "Powerful Contradictions on Charged Stages: Theater Revolutions in the Jim Crow South," was been selected as the 2019 Graduate Student winner of SETC's Young Scholar Award.