Alice Stanley

Alice Stanley

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Alice Stanley is a writer, director, performer, and producer. They are committed to telling personal, honest stories that lift up marginalized voices.

 
 
 
Men on Boats at Cohesion Theatre Company. Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Men on Boats at Cohesion Theatre Company. Photo by Shealyn Jae Photography.

Alice Stanley is also one of the Founders of Cohesion Theatre Company, where they served as Artistic Producer for the first three seasons. Their full-length play Sally McCoy has been produced by Cohesion and scheduled for production at The Barter Theatre, and nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Alice has directed for and had pieces produced by many theaters, including Cohesion, Fells Point Corner Theater (where their piece recently won Audience Favorite in the 10x10x10), Interrobang Theatre Company, Spotlighters Theatre, Strand Theater, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Gadfly Theatre Productions, and Rapid Lemon Productions. They are currently working toward their MFA in Directing at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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Interviews

The New York Times
"Dead 400 Years, But Still Very Much Alive"

Baltimore’s Cohesion Theater is focusing part of its season on works by and starring transgender theater makers. For its “Hamlet,” the director Alice Stanley, who doesn’t identify with any gender, cast a female actress to play a female Hamlet and a female actress to play a male Laertes. There’s nothing new about gender shake-ups in Shakespeare, but for this show the gender-fluid roles were hashed out in collaborative decisions over whether the characters would be male, female or “fall somewhere on the transgender spectrum,” said Brad Norris, a company co-founder.

USA Today
400 Years After Shakespeare's Death, A Diverse World Is His Stage

Cohesion Theatre artistic producer Alice Stanley, who directed the recent Hamlet with a lesbian protagonist, is in her 20s, and has re-interpreted other Shakespeare plays to incorporate transgender characters. "People use Shakespeare's work to touch on political issues all the time," Stanley says. "Gender diversity is at the forefront right now, and there's a lot that can be played with and reimagined."
 

Awards

 

2017

Audience Favorite
Fells Point Corner Theatre's 10x10x10

For "Addict Named Hal"

 

2016

Best Director
Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016

Best Stage Series
Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2016

For The Trans Voices Workshop Series at Cohesion Theatre Company

Best Direction of Plays in Professional Theatre
DC Metro Theatre Arts

For Hamlet at Cohesion Theatre Company

Best Design in Professional and Community Theatres
DC Metro Theatre Arts

sound design, hamlet at cohesion theatre company

 

2015

Mayor's Individual Artist Award
Creative Baltimore Fund

A monetary prize to fund The Trans Voices Workshop Series

Best New Theatre
Baltimore City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2015

For Cohesion Theatre Company

 

2014

Best Direction
Baltimore United Local Stage & Hidden Independent Theatre Awards

For Edward II