This is part of a series about our 2016 Emerging Artists. They will perform selections from three powerful plays by Black women, August 5-7, for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Showcase. Join us for this free show! LEARN MORE.

Alex Bernui | Stage Manager

Q: How did you first get involved with theatre?
A:  Growing up, and still today, I was surrounded by the arts. My family was involved in community theater, my parents are musicians, and my younger sibling loves visual art. I’d always loved the arts, but I had never considered going into theater as a career until I started taking classes and volunteering at Nashville Children’s Theater when I was around 15. It was there that I learned that not only was theater a bunch of fun, but that it had the power to move people. I got involved wherever and whenever I could, and asked way too many questions to some very patient people. After talking to anyone who would listen, seeing incredible shows, and realizing the sciences were really not for me (sorry Dad, I tried), I realized that theater was what I wanted to do.

Q: Why is theatre important to you?
A:  Theater is unique in that everyone involved has a say in the story. From audience members to actors to the light board operator to the ushers—each individual has something different that they bring into the room.  Theater is important to me because in that room is where conversations happen. Everyone comes into that room thinking one way, and then leaves that room changed in some way. I don’t think any other art form can do that, and that is why I love theater.

Q: What excites you about the Emerging Artist Program?
A: I’m so excited to be surrounded by so many skilled theater artists and to be able to learn and create with them. Intiman is providing tools for us to succeed, and I’m thrilled to see where this takes all of us.

Q: What is one experience that stands out in the program so far?
A: My favorite experience thus far is hearing the amazing Inda’s play read out loud for the first time, and then talking about it with her afterwards. I haven’t had many experiences where I get to discuss a play that I love with the person who created it, and that was really exciting.

Q: What or who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My biggest inspiration is my advisor in school, Justin Emeka. He one of the most intelligent people I know, and he really has pushed me to think and find answers to things I didn’t know I had answers to. He knows how to listen, and when to stick to his choices, and when to take someone else’s advice. He always seems calm and relaxed, something I always aspire to at least appear to be (but really have yet to achieve). He provides the space to excel and the space to fail and grow from it. He genuinely cares for his students and provides us with opportunities for successful careers. He inspires me to do the best I can, and I’m always going to remember what he’s taught me.

Alex Bernui is a Nashville native who is very excited be in IEAP! He is a senior Theater major with a concentration in Directing at Oberlin College. Favorite stage management credits include Fiddler on the Roof and The Signal Season of Dummy Hoy at Bucks Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp and What We Are at Oberlin College. Most recently he directed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with Oberlin College Student Theater, and he will be directing Deoxyribonucleic Acid by Dennis Kelly with the Oberlin College Theater Department.

Join us for our Emerging Artist Showcase August 5-7 at Seattle Repertory Theatre. We will feature selections from three plays: The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has To Star In Black And White by Adrienne Kennedy and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván. The show is free and open to the public. RSVP HERE.