About Alex Kopnick
I'm a director and producer of a variety of entertainment mediums, classically trained singer, professional film editor, SAFD certified actor-combatant, and much more.
Recent and Upcoming Work:
In May of 2021, I graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in Directing and Producing for Theatre and Film through the Individualized Major Program and a Certificate in Arts Administration through the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. During my senior year, I served as a virtual content, sales, and management intern at XYZ Films.
This summer I am working as Specialist Supervisor and Videographer at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. This Fall I begin my pursuit of an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Full History of Entertainment Experience:
Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, I been involved in the entertainment industry in some capacity from the age of six, when I started taking courses at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Department.
I took a diverse array of acting courses through CCM Prep, most notably graduating from the two year Acting Certificate Program and graduated from this program in 2013. In this program, I took a variety of courses, studying the Meisner Technique, Shakespeare, characterization, movement, vocal technique, improvisation, scene work, and performed in both classical and contemporary roles. I also studied scriptwriting, multicultural theatre, and acting styles.
At the same time, I studied documentary filmmaking and editing through Wyoming High School course work, and was involved in Model United Nations, winning the Lester B. Pearson Award for Peacemaking at McGill University’s SSUNS conference in 2016.
At Indiana University, I've studied a wide variety of performance, production, and leadership skills for Film and Theatre through my individualized major. I served as director and producer for an independent production of Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon, which performed on January 31st, and February 1st of 2020. This production was awarded the 2020 Executive Dean's Award for Creative Research and Activity.
At the beginning of this past summer, from the start of May to the end of the first week of June, I founded and produced “A Zoom with a View” a Digital Theatre Festival and charity fundraiser. I oversaw 62 other volunteer collaborators, from playwrights to directors to a marketing team, from the planning to performance stages of original short plays, written for Zoom. These plays were performed by 32 actors from all walks of life, located across the country and abroad, over 2 days. That event raised over $2600, which was donated to the Artist Relief fund and the Black Art Futures fund.
I have directed and produced a variety of narrative short films for Media School courses. One of which, “Come into the Garden, Maud”, was screened at the 2020 IU Montage Film Festival. At the end of October, I wrapped production on “Amici Novum” a COVID-19 safe Sci-Fi short film, for the course Double Exposure. This course is a collaboration with the Jacobs School of Music. The project will premiere in April of 2021, accompanied by a live performance of the short film's original score. In my other projects, I have pushed myself to develop a wide variety of skills. For example, while creating my first short film project at IU, Out of Mind, I pushed myself to manage up to 40 people in a single shoot to achieve my vision. I have also served a variety of roles from producer to gaffer for the student films of peers.
In the summer of 2019, I worked at the WonderLab Children’s Science Museum as a marketing video production intern, where I created a series of promotional videos for the organization. The previous winter, I was a hired editor for promotional videos for the New York City-based organization Eff Creative Group and stock trading web-service Ticker Tocker.
For the IU Theatre Department, I served as Assistant Director for their Mainstage production of By the Bog of Cats, and Assistant Stage Manager for Barbecue. I also achieved an SAFD Certification with Recommendation in Unarmed and Quarterstaff stage combat disciplines and an SAFD Certification for Rapier and Dagger.
I am a trained singer as well. Working with vocal instructor Lincoln Chapman for six years. In the fall of 2019, I served as the Musical Director for IU Hillel’s High Holiday services. From 2017-2019, I was involved in IU’s premier Jewish A Cappella group, where I performed at synagogues around the country. During my time in Hooshir, the group won the National Jewish A Capella Competition: Kol Ha Olam.