Alex Paul Burkart

Alex Paul Burkart

Alex Paul Burkart is an Los Angeles-based theatre artist originally from Janesville, WI. He has an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is also the co-founder of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre where he served as company vice-president for three years in addition to directing and producing. He is...
Alex Paul Burkart is an Los Angeles-based theatre artist originally from Janesville, WI. He has an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts. He is also the co-founder of the Los Angeles New Court Theatre where he served as company vice-president for three years in addition to directing and producing. He is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre at Beloit College.

His first full-length play ATLAS PIT received a world premiere in 2016 at The Working Stage Theatre in Hollywood, CA. StageSceneLA writes the work as “Potent and provocative, Atlas Pit marks fledgling playwright Burkart as one to watch…”

Additional work includes EL CÍCLOPE (2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist and 2018 Finalist for the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative) and STONE POINT. He is currently working on his fourth full-length play.

Plays

  • Atlas Pit
    ATLAS PIT centers around 18-year-old Felinus Oswald Black (Ozzy). A year prior to the play's main action, Ozzy's girlfriend (Gray) suffers a tragic death in their hometown of Janesville, WI. The event sentences Ozzy to an erupting depression, resulting in him running away from home and shutting himself up within a seedy apartment flat. In a continued effort to find escape, Ozzy stumbles upon a brand...
    ATLAS PIT centers around 18-year-old Felinus Oswald Black (Ozzy). A year prior to the play's main action, Ozzy's girlfriend (Gray) suffers a tragic death in their hometown of Janesville, WI. The event sentences Ozzy to an erupting depression, resulting in him running away from home and shutting himself up within a seedy apartment flat. In a continued effort to find escape, Ozzy stumbles upon a brand of heroin that brings the user so close to death "that they see those waiting for them on the other side." ATLAS PIT is inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and explores the ideas of addiction, love, life, and faith. It features original music by Kyle Acheson and Corley Pillsbury.
  • El Cíclope
    Award-Winning author Cori Cliff returns to her hometown of Janesville, WI during an international book tour promoting her latest work: a novella titled El Cíclope. The story is a memoir masked as fiction depicting her life as once Homecoming Queen Courtney Cliff and her relationships between two men: her high school boyfriend Sean Davis, and her outcast Spanish tutor Mateo Long-Gutierrez (who also happens to...
    Award-Winning author Cori Cliff returns to her hometown of Janesville, WI during an international book tour promoting her latest work: a novella titled El Cíclope. The story is a memoir masked as fiction depicting her life as once Homecoming Queen Courtney Cliff and her relationships between two men: her high school boyfriend Sean Davis, and her outcast Spanish tutor Mateo Long-Gutierrez (who also happens to be a first-generation Mexican-American foster child). As the plot blossoms (and wilts), Courtney must face some of the world’s harshest and most beautiful truths, forcing the young girl to flee her home town and ultimately transform into her now unrecognizable self. The play is inspired by Latin-American folklore and features Spanish translations by Octavio Rodriguez.
  • Stone Point
    Lee Stone is wasting away due to a rare form of bone cancer, which has spread to his brain. He now sits alone on his beautiful family hunting property (Stone Point) in Southern, WI, struggling with the sirens of his past, the fears of his present, and the truths of the future, as his final days of life burn before our very eyes. Inspired by the ideas of sirens and pretas (hungry ghosts), the play features...
    Lee Stone is wasting away due to a rare form of bone cancer, which has spread to his brain. He now sits alone on his beautiful family hunting property (Stone Point) in Southern, WI, struggling with the sirens of his past, the fears of his present, and the truths of the future, as his final days of life burn before our very eyes. Inspired by the ideas of sirens and pretas (hungry ghosts), the play features songs by singer/songwriter Jillian Secor.
  • Phantom Sensations
    Amelia Calli is a young actress with disabilities called in to audition for legendary playwright Able Washington's newest work, which features a double amputee as its leading lady. PHANTOM SENSATIONS is comprised of two interlacing narratives (Able's play, and Amelia's own story) that explore the challenges of living with disabilities, as well as paint the heroine's rise, fall, and resurrection.