Alex Ates

Alex Ates

Theatre and Dance
aates1@crimson.ua.edu


Alex is a third-year graduate teaching assistant and MFA candidate studying Directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Recently, he was in residence at Emerson College in Boston. He has directed five regional premieres and four world premieres in New Orleans, Boston, and Off-Broadway—including a new musical by Pulitzer-finalist Lisa D'Amour. As an actor, Alex is a member of Actors' Equity Association and has been a featured actor at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival for a decade. As a writer, Alex works for Backstage magazine where he covers industry and diversity; He also writes an expert column and educational guides for the publication. Alex has written for American Theatre magazine, Howlround, and Scalawag—penning articles and essays about theatre in the South. As a practitioner, Alex's work has been cited in the book Theatre, Social Media, and Meaning Making (Springer Publishing). Alex served as the Education and Engagement Director of The NOLA Project theatre company (American Theatre Wing National Theatre Award) and also worked as a full-time theater teacher at Lusher Charter School (National Blue Ribbon School and Arts Network Exemplary School). He is an instructor of Theatre and Leadership for Columbia University Teachers College Summer Principals Academy. Currently, Alex sits on the board for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and the nationally-renowned Goat in the Road theatre company. He is also the managing editor of AATE's quarterly magazine, Incite/Insight and his teaching method has been featured on the UA Teaching Hub faculty blog. Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in 2013, and his research interests include Stage Studies at Black Mountain College and the Free Southern Theater. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Southeastern Theatre Conference's Graduate Scholar Award and his research has been presented at Theatre Symposium.