Alexander Berlage is an award-winning director and lighting designer.
Alex won the 2019 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Direction of a Musical for his work on CRY-BABY, a production which also won Best Production of a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Musical and Best Design of an Independent Production. Alexander’s 2018 productions of THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, CRY-BABY, and HOME INVASION received a combined total of 12 Sydney Theatre Award nominations. For THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, Alex was nominated for Best Direction of an Independent Production and Best Independent Production.
Alexander’s directing work includes: CRY-BABY (Hayes Theatre Co.); THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX (Redline Productions/NIDA); HOME INVASION (An Assorted Few/Old 505); and THE VAN DE MAAR PAPERS (An Assorted Few/PACT). He was visual director for Sydney Chamber Opera’s RESONANT BODIES.
In 2019, Alexander directed smash hit, sold out seasons of AMERICAN PSYCHO: THE MUSICAL at the Hayes Theatre Co and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ GLORIA at the Seymour Centre for Outhouse Theatre Co.
As a lighting designer, Alexander has worked for Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Dance Company, Griffin Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Hayes Theatre Co., Australian Theatre for Young People, and Redline Productions, with directors such as Kip Williams, Imara Savage, Jessica Arthur, Mitchell Butel, Constantine Costi, Domenic Mercer and Marion Potts.
Alexander’s lighting designs include: for Sydney Theatre Company, LORD OF THE FLIES, CLOUD NINE, LETHAL INDIFFERENCE; for Griffin, DEAD CAT BOUNCE, GOOD COOK. FRIENDLY. CLEAN., NOSFERATU, THOMAS MURRAY AND THE UPSIDE DOWN RIVER; for Ensemble Theatre: MAJORIE PRIME, UNQUALIFIED, BUYER AND CELLAR, THE KITCHEN SINK; for Sydney Chamber Opera, LA PASSION DE SIMONE, RESONANT BODIES, VICTORY OVER THE SUN, AN INDEX OF METALS associate; for Belvoir 25A, THE OVERCOAT; for Sydney Dance Company, NEW BREED, PPY18: REVEALED, PPY15: REVEALED; at Old 505 Theatre, HOME INVASION, THE BLOCK UNIVERSE, HILT; for National Theatre of Parramatta, GROUNDED; for Australian Theatre for Young People, MOTH, WAR CRIMES, BETWEEN US, LUKE LLOYD: ALIENOID; at the Old Fitz, THE EFFECT, STALKING THE BOOGEYMAN, THERE WILL BE A CLIMAX, VERTICAL DREAMING, 4:48 PSYCHOSIS, DOUBT, CRIMES OF THE HEART, THE JUDAS KISS, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT, THE WHALE, MEN, FREAK WINDS, HOWIE THE ROOKIE; at Hayes Theatre Co, CAROLINE OR CHANGE, AMERICAN PSYCHO, CRY-BABY, HIGH FIDELITY, DOGFIGHT, EVERYBODY LOVES LUCY; for Critical Stages, SONGS FOR THE FALLEN, 4000 MILES, STONES IN HIS POCKETS.
Alexander won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design of an Independent Production for his work on 4:48 PSYCHOSIS by Sarah Kane. He received Sydney Theatre Award nominations for his lighting design on THE WHALE, THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT and DOUBT.
In 2019, Alexander made his debut with both Birmingham Royal Ballet and London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre as lighting designer with a new ballet by choreographer Jack Lister, A BRIEF NOSTALGIA; and with Opera Queensland as lighting designer, in a new production of ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE directed by Yaron Lifschitz.
Alexander holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Production) and a Master of Fine Art (Directing) from the National Institute for Dramatic Art, Sydney. In 2014, he participated in the Watermill Centre International Summer Program in New York.
View Alexander’s work at aberlage.com