Alex Gelman, Director of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance is featured in a recently published Huskie Spotlight.
In nearly 16 years as director of NIU’s School of Theatre and Dance in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Alex Gelman has created near-perfect synergy between the needs of theatre graduates and those of the Chicago-area’s theatre community: newly-minted actors and stage designers need jobs, theaters require professional creative direction and audiences need good reasons to turn off Netflix and head out to live theatre.
All three groups have their needs met through the tireless work of Alex Gelman. From the time Gelman arrived at NIU in 2001, he lobbied for the creation of an alumni theater company. All of the great theater companies are affiliated with drama schools, he reasoned, and to have such a connection would give NIU graduates a strong start to their careers.