F. Otto Haas Award Nominees – Alex Bechtel and Katherine Fritz


Today’s podcast is a double-header! We are joined in REP RADIO Studio C by F. Otto Haas Award for Emerging Philadelphia Theatre Artist Nominees Alex Bechtel and Katherine Fritz whose works often tends to be noticed before they are. Alex, a musician/composer and Katherine, a Costume Designer but, their talents do not stop there. Alex is currently working with 1812 Productions and Katherine is currently working with Azuka Theatre…Stay Tuned!



ALEX BECHTEL is a Philadelphia-based Theatre Artist. As an actor, writer, composer, sound designer, music director, and director, Alex has worked with 1812 Productions, Walnut Street Theatre, New Paradise Laboratories, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Act II Playhouse, Applied Mechanics, Groundswell Players, Strange Attractor, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Drexel University, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2011, Alex received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on The Walnut’s MY WAY. Alex holds a BFA from The University of the Arts, and is a graduate of the inaugural class of The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training.

Katherine Fritz is the proud resident designer for the PAC, where she creates costumes, photoshops marketing campaigns, maintains the website, and even designs the occasional set and prop. She’s designed the costumes for every PAC production in our company’s history, from 2010’s The Duchess of Malfi to the present. Other local theatre design credits include Arden, 1812 Productions, Pig Iron, InterAct, Signature Theatre (DC), Theatre Horizon, Lantern, Inis Nua, Azuka, Act II, Applied Mechanics, Walnut Street Studio Three, FringeArts, and Theatre Exile (Barrymore Nomination, Outstanding Costume Design, Annapurna, 2014). In her secret double life, she is a writer whose viral blogs Ladypockets and I Am Begging My Mother Not To Read This Blog have garnered millions of views and wide critical acclaim. Her words have been published in the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and at MTV Style, where she is a regular contributor, blogging about the intersection between fashion and feminism. More on all of this at katherinefritz.com.