Alex McLean is a theatre artist based in Kjibuktuk/Halifax. He is a co-artistic director of Halifax’s Zuppa Theatre Co. and has co-written and directed the majority of that company’s shows. Recent works with Zuppa are tiny (in collaboration with Vertical City), touring shows The Archive of Missing Things and Pop-Up Love Party, and This is Nowhere, a large-scale live/digital performance for places that aren’t considered cultural centres.
With his ad hoc group Surplus Production Unit, he recently directed and wrote (from verbatim sources) A Timed Speed-Read of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Trial Transcript with Additional Notes. With Ker Wells he was a founding member of Number Eleven Theatre (1998 -2006), and he holds an M.A. from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies.
A specialist in devising, Alex has taught extensively, published scholarly articles, and collaborated with practitioners across multiple disciplines. His work explores the past, the present, and things that are too big to grasp or too small to contain.