Alex Schneps

Alex S.

Somerville, MA

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Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7 to 75

Teaching since:
January 2006

Hello there! Thank you for checking out my page.

This is the first step in beginning or continuing a creative journey that will not only make you a better artist but a better person, as participation in any art will do. I am all about finding out how music and theatre and film and, really, any artistic medium can help us communicate better, unveil new perspectives, and foster a more open, generous, accepting, and passionate relationship with the world around us.

I've been an artist in many different capacities spanning many different mediums including theatre, film, and music as a director, actor, and writer. I recently moved back to the Boston area to begin my MFA in Theatre Education at Boston University in the fall. I also have received a Master's Degree in Theatre Arts from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and a Bachelor's of Science in Film and Television from Boston University. As a musician, I've played guitar, piano, mandolin, and sang in touring college bands, city church choirs, high school jazz bands and select choirs, and a plethora of school, community, and professional musical theatre productions. I've also taught guitar (privately and in groups) and led acting/text workshops locally and abroad. My most recent adventure was performing in Tony Award Winning director Darko Tresnjak's production of "Romeo & Juliet" at Hartford Stage. I will be performing in Jim Petosa's production of "Good" at New Repertory Theatre in October 2016.

GUITAR LESSONS
I am taking students at any age experience level, from those who want to learn the fundamentals of music through the guitar, to those who are looking to develop their sense of play and experimentation to better write their own music. First, we'll get to know each other so I can get a sense of your goals, interests, and current abilities. Then, utilizing musical literacy, tablature, learning-by-ear, and improvisation, we'll develop your skills to the highest possible level. I do not specialize in any particular genre or style. Rather, I've learned to specialize in flexibility. The most important thing is to know your instrument inside and out and all that it can offer by way of creation. After that, it's simply about enjoying it.
**I currently do not have an extra guitar available so it is important to provide your own instrument. On that note, taking lessons is only part of the process. The other critical part is practice, so I encourage anyone who is interested in guitar lessons to buy one of your own in order to do so. A simple acoustic guitar like a Yamaha is perfect for your first guitar.

THEATRE AUDITION PREP
These lessons are suited to those who want to develop their ability to enter an audition room with confidence and charisma and get the job or role you've prepared for. The most important thing to remember about auditioning is that the people behind the table want you to be the right person for the job as much as you yourself want the job. These lessons will be most useful to those auditioning with a monologue or cold reading sides. I can also be of assistance with musical theatre audition songs. If you are not working towards a specific audition, we can work on broad spectrum auditioning and mock auditions. These lessons are available to any age and experience level.
**I can work with those who already have pieces in mind that they'd like to practice on as well as those who need help finding a monologue or a song.

Thanks!

Favorite Bands:
Explosions in the Sky, Tallest Man on Earth, Andy McKee, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Led Zeppelin, Iron & Wine, Alison Krauss, Trampled by Turtles, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Zombies, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Beck, Ben Folds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dirty Projectors, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Elliott Smith, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Radiohead

Favorite Playwrights:
Mr. William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, John Patrick Shanley, Mark O'Rowe, Conor McPhereson, Martin McDonaugh, Kaufman & Hart, Annie Baker, Will Eno, Kia Corthron, Bathsheba Doran, Anthony Neilson, Bruce Norris, Stephen Karam, Sarah Ruhl

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Experience

Children's Theatre Director
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
Bucks County Playhouse

I directed a number of musicals with casts of about 20 kids per show that needed to be rehearsed and ready for performance in a week to a week and a half.

Education

MFA Theatre Education
Aug 2016 - Present
Boston University
MA Theatre Arts
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Residency in Shakespearean Acting
Jan 2013 - Feb 2013
Shakespeare's Globe Education
BS Film and Television
Sep 2008 - Dec 2011
Boston University
Diploma
Sep 2005 - Jun 2008
Central Bucks High School East

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Actors' Equity Association
Jun 2010

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Cover of "The Wild Hunt" by Tallest Man on Earth.

I do not own the rights to this song.
Sample of "Sunrise in the East" written, performed, and recorded by Alex Schneps with GarageBand
An original called "Keep Time"
Cover of "A Thousand Ways" by Tallest Man on Earth

I do not own the rights to this song.
Playing "Trissotin" in Moliere's "The Learned Ladies" at Boston University

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Performing on Shakespeare's Globe stage in London.

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Performing as "The" in "Entomo" at Boston University.

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Performing as "God" in Arthur Miller's "The Creation of the World and Other Business"

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Leading an acting workshop at the CrisisArt Festival in Arezzo, Italy (Accademia dell'Arte).
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