Art in a Pandemic

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.

In 2021, Alex continued her work with DE-CRUIT, Where We Meet, and The Metal Shop. For The Metal Shop she co-created The Vulnerable Year, a virtual community performance event for one performer and an audience with performer Grace Dolezal-Ng and writer Maria Simpkins. She co-created Ritual of Becoming with combat veterans Jenny Pacanowski and Maria Salazar for Poetic Theater Productions and began development on Cry Fie Upon My Grave, a communalization of healing written and performed by military veterans Glenda Battle, Nekohl Mace, and Sabrina Waller, supported by an Individual Artist Project grant from Chicago DCASE. She continued to develop the radical-community building concepts of A WAKENING, suspended in March 2020 due to COVID-19, with The Midwives from February through November.

In August 2021, Alex joined the faculty of Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre, where she taught Theatre History and Literature, Scene Study, Movement, and Text Analysis, and directed The Pajama Game and an original Theatre for Young Audiences production of The Elephant Speaks Jazz created by puppeteer and scenic designer Eric Van Wyk.

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 to learn more about our current projects or to get involved.