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 reduce hierarchy in the rehearsal room and to lead an egalitarian creative process.
Recent projects include Walt Whitman BodyJolt (Barn Arts Collective), a participatory fitness class play inspired by Whitman’s writings on the body; You Can’t Kiss a Movie (HERE Arts Center), a multimedia play inspired by the women of the French New Wave; Autoportrait by Zachary Small (Dixon Place HOT! Festival), an experimental play about fiction and queer utopia; and Chains Don’t Rattle Themselves, a song cycle bringing formerly incarcerated writers together with composer/performers to create songs about youth incarceration.
Alex is the Associate Artistic Director of Corkscrew Theater Festival, a new summer festival that presents productions from early-career artists. Assistant credits: Side Show (Broadway, Kennedy Center), School of Rock (Broadway), The Yacoubian Building (in development, director/writer Kareem Fahmy).
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
Summer 2019: Corkscrew Theater Festival will be back! With expanded programming, including a works-in-progress series (in which Alex will workshop his participatory fitness class play Walt Whitman BodyJolt).
February 2019: Alex will direct Steerage, a new musical by Julián Mesri about immigrants traveling on a Red Star Line ship in 1904 (and their descendants on an “immigration experience” cruise ship in 2004), to be produced through Columbia University’s MFA Playwriting Program. February 22-24.
January 2019: A musical centered on the recent history of an Alabama church, co-directed by Alex and Zhailon Levingston, will have a workshop production at the New Ohio Theatre on January 30 and 31.