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Bio

Alexander Charles Adams is an award-winning sound/radio artist, dramaturg, and drag queen currently contributing to new radio works on WHYY’s The Pulse, Night Vale Presents, CBC’s Love Me, and BBC’s Short Cuts. Over the next year, they are also developing a new radio miniseries on queer men from rural Louisiana. Alexander created the sound-art podcast Smash/Cut and has worked with the Third Coast International Audio Festival, the Ragdale Foundation, Hearsay International Audio Festival, Outburst Queer Arts Festival, Swine Palace Regional Theatre, Outworks LGBTQ New Play Festival, Accidental Theatre, TheatreofplucK, and Belfast Pride. Alexander’s research interests are contemporary HIV/AIDS performance and dramaturgy of podcasting.


Radio

Forthcoming Work

My PrEP Story (development title) for WHYY's The Pulse // Producer/Reporter (Fall 2018) 

HIV Care in Baton Rouge for WWNO // Producer/Reporter (Fall 2018)

The Rope for BBC’s Short Cuts // Producer (Winter 2019)

The Glass Men of Vacherie - A Radio Miniseries // Creator & Producer (Summer 2019)

Recent Features

My Whitney for CBC's Love Me // Producer/Reporter (Fall 2018)

Dream Boy for Night Vale Presents // Editor (Fall 2018)

Rags for Long Live the New Sound // Producer (Fall 2018)

“Deborah” (censored) for WWNO’s All Things New Orleans // Producer/Reporter (Summer 2018)

It's a Commitment for UC Davis's Department of Theatre and Dance // Producer (Summer 2018)

Unnatural Selection for WHYY’s The Pulse // Sound Designer & Engineer (Summer 2018)

Podcast Production

Smash/Cut on the Two Guys and Rogue Podcast Network // Creator & Producer (Nov 2015 - Present)

  • Season 1 (8 Episodes) / Season 2 (10 Episodes) / Project Ireland Miniseries (4 Episodes) / Season 3 (In Production)

Awards

3rd Prize // KCRW 5th Annual Radio Race (Fall 2017)

Shortlisted // Hearsay 2017 Best Audio Fiction Prize (Fall 2017)

Honors Award // Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (Summer 2013)

Sound Installations

The Barbershop Experiment [Co-Producer: Cristal Duhaime] // Hearsay International Audio Festival (Fall 2017)

Silent Treatment [for GLRY] // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

The Question Hole [for GLRY] // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

Artistic Residencies

Ragdale Radio Residency // Third Coast International Audio Festival (Spring 2018)

  • A Week-long residency with the Ragdale Foundation bringing together underrepresented voices in radio supporting their projects. Here I created the complete storyboard and shot list for the Glass Men project.

Create Residency // Hearsay International Audio Festival (Fall 2017)

  • A two-week residency to create a local-voiced installation for the 2017 Hearsay Festival with CBC’s Cristal Duhaime

Flight/Risk Development Residency in Belfast, NI, UK // The Accidental Theatre Company (Fall 2016)

  • Developed a piece of theatre within 30 days under the festival concept “theatre that welcomes risk and seeks to tell new stories”

  • Supported other artists in the festival with sound and dramaturgical aid

Emerging Queer Artist Residency in Belfast, NI, UK // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

  • Dramaturg on multiple projects in the festival, act as sound technician for housing theatre, TheatreofplucK, and to devise a new queer performance piece for the festival. This birthed Hi, I'm Mattie.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies (Dramaturgy and Sound) // Louisiana State University (Spring 2017)

Speaking

HIV in Radio: More Than Trauma Narratives // The Audio Chocolate Box Series @ Hearsay International Audio Festival (Fall 2017)

Theatre

Theatrical Sound Design

The Grimm Sleeper Project directed by Margaret Kemp // Headlands Artist Residency (Winter 2017)

The Day I Almost Met Liberace directed/written by Gavin Armstrong // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

Hutton Dressed as Lamb directed/written by Gemma Hutton // The Black Box; Belfast, Ireland (Fall 2016)

The Ubu Project [A Workshop] directed by Niall Rea // TheatreofplucK (Fall 2016)

Harlequin in the Ghetto directed by Dr. Lisa Peschel & Dr. Alan Sikes // Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive (Spring 2016)

Weight of Smoke directed/written by Addie Barnhart // Swine Palace (Winter 2015)

Admissions directed by Chelsie Ciccone // LSU Laboratory Theatre (Fall 2015)

Closer Than That directed by Jack Wright // Swine Palace (Fall 2014)

School for Lies directed by George Judy // Swine Palace (Summer 2014)

Works as Assistant Sound Designer

GL RY directed by Dr. Alyson Campbell // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

Romeo and Juliet directed by George Judy // Swine Palace (Summer 2014)

Outworks: LGBTQ New Play Festival curated by Macy Jones // LSU Laboratory Theatre (Spring 2014)

Devised Theatre work

GLRY directed by Dr. Alyson Campbell // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

  • A Regionally Specific Workshop/Performance on HIV

  • This is the second installment of GL RY, first being in Melbourne, Australia and focused on women living with HIV in Ireland. Known for being politically conservative, Ireland as a region has a negative history concerning women’s health. GL RY consists of interviews, devising workshops between survivors and artists, sound art pieces, and a live performance.

  • An Approved Research Project by the University of Melbourne’s Ethics Board to the Primary Investigator, Dr. Alyson Campbell of the Victorian College of the Arts

Harlequin in the Ghetto directed by Dr. Lisa Peschel & Dr. Alan Sikes // Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive (Spring 2016)

  • A Live Theatre Piece

  • Based on a newly found script from the Jewish ghetto Terezín. I and a group of artists created a theatre piece for the Out of the Shadows festival in Madison, Wisconsin. The festival as a whole is funded by the Performing the Jewish Archive project based in York, UK. Our piece focused on the operations of Terezín and the Commedia D’ell Arte style script Comedy About A Trap.

Production Dramaturgy

GL RY directed by Dr. Alyson Campbell // OUTBurst Queer Arts Festival (Fall 2016)

The Ubu Project [A Workshop] directed by Niall Rea // TheatreofplucK (Fall 2016)

Harlequin in the Ghetto directed by Dr. Lisa Peschel & Dr. Alan Sikes // Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive (Spring 2016)

Good Kids directed by Richard Holden // LSU Mainstage (Fall 2015)

Admissions directed by Chelsie Ciccone // LSU Laboratory Theatre (Fall 2015)

Hoover in Love directed by Alexis Skinner // 2015 Outworks: LGBTQ New Play Festival (Spring 2015)

Dream Walker directed by Jordan Campbell // LSU Laboratory Theatre (Spring 2015)

Weight of Smoke directed/written by Addie Barnhart // Swine Palace (Winter 2015)

Frankenstein directed by George Judy // Swine Palace (Fall 2014)

Theatrical Performance

"Columbina" in Harlequin in the Ghetto // Out of the Shadows: Performing the Jewish Archive (Spring 2016)

"The Girl" in No Land Finding // New Devised Theatre Series for LSU Undergraduate Theatre Alliance (Spring 2016) 

"Billy Nolan" in Carrie: The Musical // LSU Mainstatge (Spring 2016)

"Ethan" Based on a Totally True Story // LSU Laboratory Theatre (Fall 2015)

"Neechee Crawford" in Stupid Kids // Bang Bang You’re Dead Theatre (Summer 2015)

"Peter" in Romeo and Juliet // Swine Palace (Summer 2014)

"Geryon" in Dionysus of the Holocaust // LSU Mainstage (Spring 2014)

Written Publications

"An Informal Response to ‘Preaching to the Converted’ by Miller and Román" The Journal - HowlRound. Emerson College, 26 Jan 2016. Web. (Winter 2016)

Adams, Alexander Charles. "Sparking Dramaturgy: A Budding Look at a Confusing Profession." The Journal - HowlRound. Emerson College, 19 July 2015. Web. (Summer 2015)