Alexander Berlage is an award-winning director and lighting designer.
He is co-artistic director of the Old Fitz Theatre. His smash-hit, sold-out production of AMERICAN PSYCHO won 9 Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Direction of a Musical, Best Production of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of an Independent Production and more. Alexander’s production of CRY-BABY won 4 Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Direction of a Musical and Best Production of a Musical. The same year, his productions of THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, HOME INVASION and CRY-BABY received a combined total of 12 Sydney Theatre Award nominations. For THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, Alexander was nominated for Best Direction of an Independent Production and Best Independent Production. Alexander’s production of GLORIA was nominated for 2 Sydney Theatre Awards.
Lighting design credits include: ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE (Opera Queensland); A BRIEF NOSTALGIA (Birmingham Royal Ballet/ Sadler’s Wells); DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED, THE PASSION OF SIMONE, RESONANT BODIES, VICTORY OVER THE SUN (Sydney Chamber Opera); LORD OF THE FLIES, CLOUD NINE, LETHAL INDIFFERENCE (Sydney Theatre Company); DANCE NATION (for State Theatre Company of South Australia/Belvoir); DEAD CAT BOUNCE, GOOD COOK. FRIENDLY. CLEAN., NOSFERATUTU (Griffin); MAJORIE PRIME, UNQUALIFIED, BUYER AND CELLAR, THE KITCHEN SINK (Ensemble Theatre) CAROLINE OR CHANGE (Hayes Theatre Co); and NEW BREED, PPY20, PPY19, PPY18 (Sydney Dance Company).
Alexander has twice won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design of an Independent Production – for his work on AMERICAN PSYCHO and on 4:48 PSYCHOSIS. He received Sydney Theatre Award nominations for his lighting design on THE WHALE, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT and DOUBT. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) and a Master of Fine Art (Directing) from the National Institute for Dramatic Art.
Pinchgut Opera acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the first story-tellers and singers of songs. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging.