Alex S. Freeman started directing in the shadow of Michigan's capital over 10 years ago. While his work has taken him around the country, he’s never lost his midwestern roots - and they served him well in his tenure as the Artistic Director of Ozark Actors Theatre (OAT) in Rolla, MO for three years. At OAT, Freeman led the company into a new era of growth and expansion, building on the 30 year history that preceded his arrival. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Freeman has acted and directed across the country, from New York to Los Angeles. He has written and directed two off-off Broadway shows (Love, and When Johnny Comes Marching Home). His writing has also been seen on stage in Indianapolis, Lansing, and Chicago.
Some of his notable directing credits include: The Tempest in a 2,000 seat outdoor amphitheater (featuring live fire explosions) | Sunset Limited at Bluff City Theater | Peter and the Starcatcher at Western Illinois University | Assistant directing Tecumseh! for the Scioto Society Inc. | On Golden Pond at Ozark Actors Theatre, for which he guided the ensemble to BroadwayWorld.com award nominations for Best Ensemble, Best Actor in a Drama, Best Actress in a Drama (won), and Best Drama.
Education has factored heavily into what kind of work interests Alex, having worked as a teaching artist at the Philadelphia Theatre Company and on the backstage living history tours during his time at the outdoor drama Tecumseh! He holds an MFA in Directing from Western Illinois University, where he taught courses to undergraduate students. He has worked as an adjunct professor at both Greenville University and East Central College. At Ozark Actors Theatre, he strove to expand educational offerings for both youth and adults to help cultivate passion for local theatre.
When not working, Freeman devours books and podcasts, runs in Riverside Park, watches sports with his family, and loves spending time with his wife.
Alex recently directed Big Fish at The Firehouse Theatre in Dallas, TX.
"Skilled Director Alex S. Freeman manages to keep the multiple tales and the trips back and forth in time in Big Fish flowing seamlessly and each scene is expertly paced."
- DFW Center Stage
The Huffington Post covered Alex's play
Love at NY Winterfest.
Check out the article here.
"Freeman nicely paces this soft show, allowing its tender heart to beat throughout its two acts."
"This little-known but charming musical ... is given a tender and affecting interpretation ... under the nurturing guidance of artistic director Alex S. Freeman"
"Under Freeman’s careful direction, his cast brings out the humanity of Thompson’s interesting characters, even with their foibles, in agreeable fashion."
- Ladue News, On Golden Pond