Alex Hare is a director/writer investigating what it means to be a citizen-artist. He is especially motivated to create new and unconventional musical theatre that is formally adventurous, rich in ideas, and closely connected to audiences’ lives in the present moment. He is perpetually exploring how to lead an egalitarian creative process and creating groups to raise plays together.
Current projects include A Burning Church, a musical exploring the recent history of an Alabama church in danger of ruin, which Alex will develop and premiere through the two-year Archive Residency at New Ohio Theatre/IRT (co-directing and co-book writing with Zhailon Levingston; music by Nehemiah Luckett). Alex is also working on Walt Whitman BodyJolt, a participatory fitness class play inspired by Whitman’s writings on the body (development via Barn Arts Collective and Corkscrew Downstairs) and You Can’t Kiss a Movie (2017 workshop at HERE Arts Center), a multimedia musical inspired by the women of the French New Wave.
Alex is the Associate Artistic Director of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a summer festival that provides early-career artists with a high level of production support while reducing barriers to entry. Assistant director credits: Side Show (Broadway, Kennedy Center), School of Rock (Broadway), and film projects directed by Bill Condon (The Good Liar, upcoming).
An SDC Associate Member, Alex has developed and directed work at La MaMa, Cherry Lane Theatre, Irondale Center, Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Tank, NYCFringe, Rochester Fringe Festival, and more. In addition to directing and writing, Alex is a sometimes-performer, an occasional lyricist, an amateur dramaturg, an erstwhile casting director, and an enthusiastic (if untrained) choreographer. He studied American Studies and English Literature at Columbia University.
RECENT AND UPCOMING
2020-2021: Through New Ohio Theatre/IRT’s two-year Archive Residency, Alex will develop and premiere the musical A Burning Church (co-director and co-book writer with Zhailon Levingston; music by Nehemiah Luckett). First public showing in New Oho’s Ice Factory Festival, July 2020.
Summer 2019: Corkscrew Theater Festival returned with expanded programming, including a workshop production series (in which Alex workshopped his participatory fitness class play Walt Whitman BodyJolt). Read about it at corkscrewfestival.org.