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Alex Ates

Alex Ates is from New Orleans and currently lives in Alabama.

Alex Ates is from New Orleans and works and studies at The University of Alabama. He was education and engagement director of The NOLA Project where he is still an ensemble member and a member of Actors' Equity. Alex's undergraduate degree is from Emerson—where he is now a guest director. He currently serves on the board for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) and Goat in the Road Productions. Alex is the recipient of the SETC Graduate Young Scholar Award for his research on the Free Southern Theater and his research on Stage Studies at Black Mountain College is being presented at Theatre Symposium. He is the managing editor of AATE's Incite/Insight. His writing has appeared in American Theatre, Backstage, and Scalawag. iAmAlexAtes.com

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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls
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Terror, Strength, Pain, Brilliance, and Children in Four Little Girls

21 February 2019

Alex Ates examines the recent production of Christina Ham’s Four Little Girls at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

Resurgence in America’s Roots Region
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Resurgence in America’s Roots Region

8 February 2018

Alex Ates looks at how the Free Southern Theater established a model of artmaking and activism in the South in the '60s and considers how the New South is primed for another generation of civic action artmaking. 

A Flash of the Irish Stage
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A Flash of the Irish Stage

14 January 2015

Alex Ates heads to Ireland, where he encounters the kindness and charm of many theatregoers and students, and remembers what theatre is about for him.

The World Wide Theater at Our Fingertips
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The World Wide Theater at Our Fingertips

27 August 2014

Alex Ates and DCW3 offer an overview of the how the internet has shaped theatre.

Progress in Practice
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Progress in Practice

At-Risk Industries in Dialogue

22 December 2013

Alex Ates shares a brief description of A Truckload of Ink, a new play by Jim Fitzmorris, commisioned by The NOLA Project theater company.

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Setting the Stage for a New Regional Theater
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Setting the Stage for a New Regional Theater

19 July 2013

The budding identity of American regional theater is fresh ensembles creating devised work that answers why with these people, in this place.

Still from a production of Love's Labour's Lost.
The Play's a Thing
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The Play's a Thing

28 April 2013

Alex Ates writes of a production of Love's Labour's Lost during the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the healing and cathartic qualities of community theater.

Ensemble of Shakespearean Jazz Show.
Creating The Shakespearean Jazz Show at Emerson
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Creating The Shakespearean Jazz Show at Emerson

27 November 2012

Alex Ates reflects on the creation of The Shakespearean Jazz Show, and how Emerson College provided the perfect opportunity for his brainchild to grow.