Alexis MacnabAlexis Macnab

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts & Dance, Acting Concentration

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, Characterization, Actor/Dancer Collaboration, Devised Project Workshop and On Camera Acting and Production. I also co-teach the First-Year GE Humanities Learning Community, THAR 160: Performance, the Artistic Process, and You. I direct department shows and advise and mentor Senior Projects, and other performance collaborations on campus. 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 an award-winning stage director, performer, 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. Her immersive, roaming site-specific Hamlet adaptation, Honest Ghosts, was named One of the TOP TEN Things to Do in LA by Hugecity. As a director and lecturer she has worked across the country at REDCAT (LA), California State University Long Beach, the California Institute of the Arts, Oberlin College, HERE Arts Center (NYC), The Brick Theater (Brooklyn), The New York Film Academy, and the Piven Theater Workshop (Chicago). Two of her devised works were produced to acclaim at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including her physical theater adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Gods. Often drawing inspiration from literature, Macnab has presented multiple performance adaptations of Henry James’ The Portrait of a Lady in New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. Macnab has won support for her work from The Jim Henson Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, chashama arts, the Automata Residency Program, the CalArts Center for New Performance, and the City of Santa Monica.

Directing Credits Include: Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play by Anne Washburn (SSU), 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.