A new managing director is on the job at Actor’s Express, the West Midtown theater company known for staging new plays, often with a gay theme.


As managing director, Alex Scollon is responsible for assuring the company’s financial success and stability. He succeeds Nan Barnett, who spent much of her career as an actor and administrator at Florida Stage before spending a single season at the Express. She left to become executive director of the National New Play Network, of which the Express is a part.

Scollon received his BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2004 with a concentration in production and technical management. In 2005, he earned a Master of Arts Management from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon. According to his LinkedIn profile, Scollon moved here from Mountain View, Calif., where he was managing director of the Palo Alto Players. He spent four years as managing director of New Village Arts Theatre in Carlsbad, Calif.

An Actor’s Express statement said Scollon has specialized in helping small theaters and multidisciplinary arts organizations grow into cultural centers in their communities while maximizing earned revenue, developing strong boards of directors, and creating partnerships with government and community organizations.

The Express’ season opener, Venus in Fur, closed earlier this month. The season continues Oct. 30 with the world premiere of Steve Yockey’s Pluto. The edgy drama previews Oct. 30-31 and Nov. 1, opens Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 24 with a cast that features Wyatt Fenner, Stephanie Friedman, Alison Hastings, Joe Sykes and Kathleen Wattis. Express audiences know the Atlanta-bred, San Francisco-based Yockey from last season’s Wolves and his earlier Octopus. Details HERE.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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