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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 and David Mallery Fellow at Westtown School, a Quaker day and boarding school in West Chester, Pennslyvania; Alex splits his time between there and his hometown, New Orleans. He specializes in new play development and adaptation.

Freelance theater journalist with bylines in American TheatreBackstageHowlround, and Scalawag.  

Guest freelance director at Agnes Scott College, Emerson College, Tulane University, and The University of Alabama. Deviser and instructor of the Arts and Leadership Workshop with the Summer Principals Academy at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Scholar on theater and education in the United States with peer-reviewed articles published in Theatre SymposiumArts Praxis, and The Journal of Black Mountain College Studies.


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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