Despite the industry-wide shut-down for much of the year, in 2020 Alex completed her MFA, facilitated an online DE-CRUIT session with Chicagoland veterans, served as a Statera mentor, was named a finalist for the National Directors Fellowship, conducted the first experimental process for The Metal Shop Performance Lab, and helped lay the groundwork for Where We Meet, a new non-profit organization using theater to address mental health in Chicago's South Suburbs.
As 2021 begins, Alex is continuing work with DE-CRUIT, Where We Meet, and The Metal Shop. Creatively she is working on a number projects in various early stages of development including a virtual community performance event for one performer and an audience, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV condeming complacency in activism and politics, a half writing workshop, half one-woman poetry show by female combat veteran Jenny Pacanowski, and Cry Fie Upon My Grave, written and performed by military veterans Glenda Battle, Nekohl Mace, and Sabrina Waller, combining personal narrative with scenes and speeches from Shakespeare to communalize the trauma of childhood and war. She will also be continuing to develop the radical-community building concepts of A WAKENING, suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19, with The Midwives beginning in February.
About The Metal Shop Performance Lab
Alex created The Metal Shop in August 2019 with the mission to create theatrical events that foster radical community-building and authentic exchange between artists and audiences. Please visit www.themetalshop.org to learn more about our current projects or to get involved.