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Alex Ates

Alex Ates is a theatremaker from New Orleans.

Alex Ates is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the director of the arts at Westtown School. iAmAlexAtes.com

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Lessons in Online Theatremaking from New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin
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Lessons in Online Theatremaking from New Paradise Laboratories’ Whit MacLaughlin

30 March 2020

Alex Ates speaks with Whit MacLaughlin—the experimental theatremaker who ventured into the online realm before it became our norm—about the intersection between digital technology and live performance and pedagogy.

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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young
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What You, Theatremaker, Can Learn from Theatre for the Very Young

29 July 2019

Alex Ates reflects on the Toddler Takeover at Atlanta, Georgia’s Alliance Theatre and shares what the growing field of theatre for the very young can teach adult theatremakers about their craft.

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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.

A man in a sculpture garden.
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.