Ross Alexander


Ross Alexander was a playwright and director associated with La Mama in the early years. The grandson of a theater electrician and chorus dancer, he decided at a young age to pursue a career in the theatre, but dropped out of the program at Albany State Teacher’s College to instead try his luck as a playwright in New York City. Alexander was among the volunteers that converted the basement location at 321 East 9th Street into a useable theatre space. He went on to stage many productions at La MaMa. Alexander split directorial duties with Tom O’Horgan for the first La Mama European tour in 1965, with Paris as his troupe’s first stop. His troupe was not well received either in France or Copenhagen and disbanded after the tour. He continued make work at La Mama until 1981. Alexander went on to complete his undergraduate degree at City College New York in 1968, obtained a PhD, and eventually become chairman of the theater department at CCNY.
1964 – 1981
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