Alexis MacnabAlexis Macnab

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance, Acting

Office Location: Ives 13

Office Hours: Wednesday 12pm-1pm or by appointment

What I Do at SSU

In the Acting Concentration I teach Acting Fundamentals, Text and Scene Study, and On Camera Acting and Performance, as well as Physical Theater for upper division Theatre Arts majors and minors. I also teach sections of the Humanities Learning Community: Performance, the Artistic Process, and You. I look forward to Directing shows in the Department! I also serve as Academic Advisor to majors and minors in the Acting Concentration.

My Bio

M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts, Theater Directing, 2013
B.A. Oberlin College, Theater, 2001

Alexis Macnab is a performer, stage director and devisor working in adaptation, multi-media performance, puppetry, dance, physical theater, site-specific and immersive performance. Her works of multi-disciplinary theater have been produced internationally and across the U.S. Macnab is Founder and Artistic Director of Chamber Shakespeare, a company bringing intimate adaptations of classic plays into people’s homes. She is also a writer for performance, and adaptor of literature for the stage. Her original adaptations include Tolstoy’s Family Happiness (Chicago, Ohio), Nabokov’s Gods (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and multiple performance experiments based on Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady (New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans). Macnab is Director and Curator of Alexis Macnab Projects (amp) which showcases artists working across disciplines and creates unique themed events bringing together art, science, technology, and performance. Her work has earned support from The Jim Henson Foundation, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, chashama arts, the Automata Residency Program, the CalArts Center for New Performance, and the City of Santa Monica.

Macnab has studied and worked with artists in various live arts fields including contemporary performance acting and directing (Travis Preston, Jim Simpson, Jessica Thebus, Joyce Piven, Josh Pais, Paul Moser), puppetry arts (Janie Geiser, Jim Lasko, Basil Twist, Kate Brehm), corporal mime (Greg Goldstone, Rick Wamer, Nicholas Johnson), modern dance (Nusha Martynuk, Carter McAdams, Juliana F May), story theater (Joyce & Byrne Piven, Jessica Thebus, Tria Smith), Butoh (Maureen Fleming), and extended vocal technique (Rafael Lopez-Barrantes).

Directing Credits Include: various productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, As You Like It, and Romeo & Juliet for Chamber Shakespeare, original adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Family Happiness, The Fasting Girls and Rabbit in the Blue by Amanda Jane Shank, By the Bog of Cats… by Marina Carr, multiple iterations of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady, original multi-media adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Gods, original adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engel, writer/director/performer of Hôtel de l’Avenir inspired by Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer, Trigger Happy Jack by Timothy Braun, writer/director of the immersive puppetry spectacle Dark Space, and writer/director/choreographer of Night Fractal.