Boy Wonder: Hello and Goodbye from Alex

Fri, 06/17/2011

I started at Theatre Exile in December as the new office intern, an opportunity I learned about through my good friend and current Theatre Exile Box Office Manager; Joe Wozniak. His passion for it got me interested. Soon after, I contacted Bryan Clark, Exile’s Managing Director, and the rest is history.Working in Exile I started at Theatre Exile in December as the new office intern, an opportunity I learned about through my good friend and current Theatre Exile Box Office Manager; Joe Wozniak. His passion for it got me interested. Soon after, I contacted Bryan Clark, Exile’s Managing Director, and the rest is history. Working at Theatre Exile is incredible! I recommend it to anyone, it’s honestly a complete dream-come-true for any young theatre fan. First off, the people are amazing. They are some of the best, most talented, imaginative minds in the city not to mention the coolest and the most down to earth. Also there are so many great moments to be had at Theatre Exile, like the first time you walk into the space we’re producing in. My favorite was Plays and Players Theater, where we did Lieutenant. That place is nuts! It felt like being a little kid in haunted house. Or the first time you see any of the artistic directors give a direction (just one, that’s all it takes). Mine was during a read through; I had a total geek moment afterwards in which I thought to myself “Wow…I just saw Joe Canuso direct… that’s amazing.” Or when you get to meet any artist who’s work you admire. The place is crawling with them. I got to meet Noah Haidle, the playwright for Saturn Returns, whose name I had typed a thousand times in our ads, he turned out to be one of the most mysteriously cool people I’ve ever met. I could go on forever but for the sake of time I won’t. As I said before it’s the people who work at Theatre Exile that are truly amazing. If you ever get the opportunity to meet them, take it. Deborah Block is one of the kindest and most beautiful people in this world. She’ll offer to make you dinner and maybe even give you the chance to be destroyed in a game of chutes and ladders with her son. Joe Canuso is as down to earth and easy to talk to as you can get. He’s also one of the best directors in the city and shops at thrift stores, which is why he always has sweet coats and T-shirts. Brenna Geffers is pure talent. If you’re fortunate enough to be complimented by her you should remember it. She’s clever and creative and always has a sassy outfit, very badass. Clara Elser is Theatre Exile’s evening flower and a person that will make you laugh time and time again. But don’t let her innocent appearance fool you; she’s a wild woman at heart. Bryan Clark is pretty much the greatest boss anyone could ask for. He’s the type of guy you don’t want to let down because the thought of losing his respect is heartbreaking and he’s hilarious to boot, few people I know can boast that. There are many other remarkable people dwelling in Exile; Matt Pfeiffer, Sarah Chandler, Doug Smullens, Joe Wozniak (already mentioned), Harry & Harriet Philibosian, & Trish Kelly. All of whom are so amazing and so easy to work with. At the risk of this sounding like a long Tony acceptance speech, I’m going to wrap it up. At the end of the month I leave for Chicago to continue on with my education in Theatre at Columbia College. A decision I would not have been able to make had it not been for my amazing glimpse at life in Exile. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have worked here and to have made such incredible friends. I will miss them all dearly and think of them often. To those of you thinking about Working in Exile - DO IT! - Live a little, learn a lot. Best wishes and all of my love, Alex