Alex Mallory is the director of The Metal Shop Performance Lab, founded with the mission to create theatrical events that foster radical community-building and authentic exchange between artists and audiences. Alex's masters' thesis investigates how rehearsing authenticity and authorship in the theatrical process helps to create productive, brave spaces for conversations on personal and collective histories of violence for artists and audience members.
Directing highlights include MARY STUART, an original adaptation of SPRING AWAKENING, GOLIATH, DIJLA WAL FURAT, THE REFUGE PROJECT, and FAITH. She has directed and developed work with Lincoln Center, BEDLAM, Culture Project's Women Center Stage, The Working Theatre, Classical Theater of Harlem, Dixon Place, Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, The Eagle Project, and Poetic Theater Productions, where she served as Co-Artistic Director from 2011-2015.
As a facilitator for DE-CRUIT, Alex helps military veterans to unlearn unwanted behaviors and heal from trauma through the body using classical acting training and Shakespearean texts. She has worked closely with the veteran community for nearly a decade, producing THE HOME SHOW at Lincoln Center in New York City with the Veteran Artist Program and directing veteran-driven work for Poetic Theater Productions, Piven Theatre, The Telling Project, and LaGuardia Community College, from whom she received an award in 2016 for continued service to the veteran community.
Alex holds an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and a BA from Stanford University where she received the Louis Sudler Prize in Creative Arts and the Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for work involving social issues. She has assisted at Steppenwolf, Lookingglass, Goodman Theatre, and as a FAIR Fellow at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Finalist, National Directors Fellowship 2020. Associate Member, SDC.
Photo by Suzanne Plunkett.