Alexander Gelman


Secretary, NAST (Board of Directors)
Re-elected March 2015, term ends March 2018

Alexander Gelman is professor and Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University and the Producing Artistic Director of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company. Prior to his/her current appointment in 2001, he served as Associate Professor and Head of the MFA Directing Program at the Department of Theatre at the University of Utah. Previously, he was the Head of Directing programs at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Professor Gelman was born in Russia and emigrated to the United States as a teenager. He has worked as a director and translator of plays from Russian to English. His many productions include Eugene Onegin, L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Turn of the Screw, L’Italiana in Algeri, Camelot, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Threepenny Opera, The Taming of the Shrew, Carmen, School for Wives, Waiting for Godot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Lion in Winter. He has worked at such theatres as American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Canterbury Opera (Christchurch, New Zealand), Chicago Lyric Opera, Hartford Stage Company, The Acting Company, New York Shakespeare Festival, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company, and The Juilliard School of Drama.

Professor Gelman earned a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from Boston University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Birmingham Southern College.
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Posted January 2013