Alix Sobler

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Alix was born in New York City, where she graduated from Brown University. She toured across Canada numerous times as part of the Fringe Festival Circuit. She settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba where she was a member of the Playwright's Unit and Prairie Theatre Exchange. Alix has worked as an actor, playwright and director. She recently moved back to New York to complete her education at Columbia University.

EDUCATION

MFA from Columbia University (Graduating 2017).

Brown University (Providence, RI) – BA Theatre, Speech and Dance, Concentration in performance and playwriting. Graduated with honours.

2000 – London Academy of Theatre

THEATRE PRODUCTION

2018 - Sheltered, world premiere at Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA

2016- The Great Divide, world premiere at Finborough Theatre, UK

2016 - Sheltered, reading at So, Nu? Festival, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, MB

2016 - The Secret Annex, produced by the Segal Centre, QC

2013 – The Secret Annex, a full length play, produced at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre in the 2013-2014 season. Originally commissioned by the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (Winnipeg, MB).

2011 – She’s Not There A full-length play, presented by Brown Playwrights Rep (Providence RI), originally produced at the Winnipeg International Fringe Festival (2009)

2010 – The Golem A full-length play, read by Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg, MB) as part of the Carol Shields Festival of New Works

2010 – Some Things You Keep A full-length play commissioned by Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (Winnipeg, MB), produced as part of the 2009-2010 season.

2010 – Jason Neufeld is Impotent An original solo-show performed at the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival (Minneapolis, MN, juried). Originally produced at the Winnipeg International Fringe Festival (2008)

2008 – The Cloud Factory An original solo-show performed at the Capital Fringe (Washington D.C.), originally produced on the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit

2006 – I Quit Smoking A stand up routine – written and performed for Manitoba Health’s “Smoke Screen” (Manitoba Health, Winnipeg, MB)

2006 – Testimony A one-act play produced at the Looking Glass Theatre (New York, NY). Testimony was also chosen as a finalist in the Edward Albee Last Frontier 10 minute play contest in 2003.

2005 – Flavor of the Week An original solo show-performed at The Tank Theatre (New York, NY). In 2004, Flavor of the Week was performed at the UNO Festival (Victoria, BC , juried) and at Elmwood Playhouse (Nyack, NY). Originally toured four cities in Canada on the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit

2004 – America vs. Canada An original solo show-toured five cities in Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit

PUBLISHING/PRODUCTION – OTHER GENRES

2009 – One hour radio special, Passed Over, aired on CBC Radio One, The 204

2007 – Present – Contributing comedic writer for Definitely Not the Opera, and the Content Factory, CBC

2007 – Where I am Where I am is a piece of creative non-fiction that appeared in the spring issue of Prairie Fire, a literary magazine.

2007 – Redemption Redemption is a piece of short fiction that appeared in an issue of Rhubarb, a literary magazine.

2006 – The Children’s Environmental Health Project An article written for the Manitoba Eco Journal.

2005 – Various articles I wrote 3 opinion articles for the Winnipeg Free Press from March to June of 2005.

1996 – I Pledge Allegiance to MTV An essay – won first place in the National Conversation Essay Contest (USA).

DRAMATURGY/DIRECTION

2010 – The Skriker, by Caryl Churchill, Manitoba Theatre Centre (Winnipeg, MB), Master Playwrights Festival

2008 – The Comment Card, by Trish Cooper, FemFest (Winnipeg, MB)

2007 – Sex: The Ins and Outs From a Woman’s Perspective, by Cairn Moore, FemFest (Winnipeg, MB)

2007 – Alix Sobler Slept with my Brother, by Jason Neufeld, The Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Winnipeg, MB)

2006 – Reinventing Miss Exciting, by Jason Neufeld and Chris Neufeld, The Winnipeg Fringe Festival (Winnipeg, MB)

2006 – Stand up routine, comedian: Trish Cooper, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Women’s Gala (Winnipeg, MB)

2005 – The Rise and Fall of Bloody Redemption, by Jason Neufeld, Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit tour

2005 – Stand up routine, comedian: Jason Neufeld, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, “Oh God” Night (Winnipeg, MB)

2004 – Kentucky Waterfall, by Jason Neufeld, Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit tour

2003 – Confessions of a Repressed Mennonite, by Jason Neufeld, Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals circuit tour

2003 – The Mennonite Bandit vs. Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll, by Jason Neufeld, Colin Jackson Studio (Winnipeg, MB)

2002 – Filler ‘Up, by Deb Filler, Gloucester Stage (Gloucester, MA, Israel Horovitz, Artistic Director)

2001 – The Fifth Pillar, by Christopher Hayes, Strasburg Studio (Providence, RI)

1996 – I Pledge Allegiance to MTV – An essay – won first place in the National Conversation Essay Contest (USA).

PRIZES

2018 - Winner of the 2018 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition.

2015 - Winner of the 2015 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest (CJPC) for The Great Divide

WORK EXPERIENCE

2011- 2014 Communications /Resource Development Manager, Winnipeg Arts Council As the Communications/Resource Development Manager at the Winnipeg Arts Council, I oversee all aspects of communications, public relations, marketing, social media, fundraising, events, and more.

2009 – 2011 Communications and Marketing Coordinator, Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada For this contracted position, I oversaw all public aspects of the Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 campaign. I created an overall marketing plan and individual marketing plans for each event; conceived, wrote and oversaw all marketing for television, radio, print and transit; managed all public relations and spokesperson responsibilities; oversaw website and Facebook development and maintenance; managed all fundraising, grant writing and sponsor management, and more.

2006 – 2009 Freelance writer/Communications Officer In addition to extensive radio work with the CBC, I have written for ad agencies and have completed various projects for other business and non-profits, including fundraising proposals, website copy and advertisements. I have worked for Bulman Communications Group; Green Kids Incorporated, a non-profit theatre/environmental group; The Winnipeg Humane Society, among others.

2007 – 2008 Theatre Instructor- Manitoba Theatre for Young People and Prairie Theatre Exchange I have taught and substituted for classes in Story to Stage, Playmaking, Junior Acting, puppet making, beginning and advanced performance, animation workshops, video making and Creative Drama both in the City of Winnipeg and at satellite locations.

2005 – 2007 Manager of Public Relations – The Winnipeg Humane Society At The Winnipeg Humane Society I was responsible for all press coverage, press releases, public service announcements, newsletters, website updates and more. I also organized many events including the annual general meeting, mall displays and promotional activities.

2004 Theatre Instructor and Director – The Elmwood Playhouse, Nyack NY As a member of the staff of teachers at Elmwood’s theatre program for children, I was responsible for a weekly curriculum involving the basics of theatre and improvisation. I also directed scenes from “Little Shop of Horrors” and “You’re a good Man Charlie Brown”, leading up to a final presentation.

2002 Instructor and Playwright – All Children’s Theatre, Providence RI While working at All Children’s Theatre, I taught six classes for children ranging from age 4 to 14. I also authored 4 original children’s plays for the program.

2000 Assistant to the Artistic Director – Helen Hayes Performing Arts Center, Nyack NY As the assistant to the artistic director at HHPAC, I functioned as the dramaturge on many new musicals and plays the theater was considering producing. I also served as a backstage “wrangler” for any children involved in productions.

1998 Journalism Intern – The Forward Newspaper, New York, NY During my time as an intern at The Forward, I published five articles with a bi-line and performed research duties for over 20 articles written by senior editors.

1996 Journalism Intern – Voice of America Radio, New York, NY During my time at VOA, I wrote upwards of 30 radio spots, including both editorial pieces, human-interest stories and breaking news.