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2013 F.Otto Haas Nominee — Alex Torra


Today’s podcast begins our coverage of the 2013 F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Theatre Artist Nominees. What a mouthful! Since 2009, we have focused on the Emerging Artists and what we realized is that we tend to sit down with the same artists until they win. What this says is that Philadelphia got it right the first time…and the second time…and so on. It would be odd if the Emerging Artists did not show up again. Goes to show you that Philadelphia is well-aware of these artists and we look forward to the day they finally…EMERGE! Stay Tuned!



Alex Torra is a Philadelphia-based performer and director as well Associate Artist with devised works companies Team Sunshine Performance Corporation and Pig Iron Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include: Punchkapow and JapanAmerica Wonderwave (Team Sunshine); Tandem Biking and Other Dangerous Pastimes for Two (Green Chair Dance); Come to My Awesome Fiesta, it’s Going to be Awesome, Okay? (Pig Iron); Much Ado About Nothing and Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare in Clark Park); Caucasian Chalk Circle and Dublin by Lamplight (McCarter Theater Education). Recent performance credits include: Zero Cost House, Twelfth Night, Cankerblossom, Welcome to Yuba City (Pig Iron); Fighting For Democracy (National Constitution Center); and Enjoy (The Play Company, NY). Alex also served as the Creative Producer and Associate Director of Pig Iron’s PAY UP. Awards: Finalist, F Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist; Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts; Philadelphia Live Arts Brewery Fellowship; Princess Grace Award (Grace Le Vine Award); and Fellowships through the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and NY’s Drama League. Degrees: B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania; M.F.A. in Directing from Brown University.

THE SINCERITY PROJECT (Work-in-Progress Showing at the First Person Arts Festival in November):

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