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About Alex Kopnick

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About Me:

Hi, I'm Alex Kopnick! I'm a director, producer, VFX editor, SAFD Certified Intermediate Actor-Combatant, and a whole lot of other stuff too!​ I hold associate membership in the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as a director.

I am a graduate of Indiana University, where I received a B.A. in “Directing and Producing for Theatre and Film” and a certificate in Arts Administration.

 

Since moving to New York at the start of 2022, I've worked for large theatre companies such as Ars NovaAdventureland LLC, Seaview Productions, while directing, producing, and otherwise collaborating on independent and small scale theatre and film projects.

Full History of Entertainment Experience:

Originally hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, I have 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. 

Indiana University Experiences: 

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.

At Indiana University, I 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.

In the summer of 2020, 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 created many projects through the IU Media School: “Come into the Garden, Maud”, was screened at the 2020 IU Montage Film Festival. At the end of October of 2020, 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 premiered in April of 2021, accompanied by a live performance of the short film's original score. The film went on to win BEST VFX at the International Symbolic Art Film Festival.

In the summer of 2021, I worked as Specialist Supervisor and Videographer at Goldman Union Camp Institute in Zionsville, Indiana. This role found me creating a variety of promotional videos, as well as managing the elective programming at the camp, such as the art, drama, sports, and farm.

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 , Broadsword, and Quarterstaff stage combat disciplines and an SAFD Certification for Rapier and Dagger.

Other Notable IU Stuff:

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.

Loyola Marymount University:

I spent one semester in graduate film school at Loyola Marymount University before receiving my offer to work at Adventureland. During that semester, I created a few short films. One of them, Pushing Buttons, awarded me Best Young Director (Under 25) at the Absurd Film Festival.

 

 

Moving to New York:

I moved to New York City at the start of 2022 to serve as Producing Intern at Adventureland LLC, the company behind Hamilton and Jeffrey Seller's other projects. At the same time I directed and produced staged readings of Olivia Haller's Loneliness Was a Pandemic

After the conclusion of that internship, I served as a Producer for 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Cat Detective for Cool Cats NFT's Cooltopia 2022, and then worked Associate Producer for Ghosted: The Series for BRICTV.

In October of 2022, I started at Ars Nova as an Emerging Leaders Group Generalist Fellow, where I worked in every department of the non-profit simultanously, with a focus on the artistic department. At the same time I was producer for BEFORE by Neil Redfield, the projection designer for Sunday in the Park with George at Theater 2020, and the editor for the most recent iteration of the Off-Broadway League's Intersection Training Program Video.

In the Fall of 2023, I assistant directed Cymbeline for NYU's Meisner Studio, then worked on special projects for Seaview Productions while directing a staged reading of Trap Game written by Andy Donnelly.

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