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Alex Borinsky

BA, Yale University, Humanities

Subjects:
English, History, Writing

Alex has worked with students as young as 2 and as mature as 70. At Forum, he’s enjoyed working especially with middle- and high-schoolers.

With Alex, students learn to approach writing as a way of thinking, and to expand their sense of how they might think and what they might be able to say. By becoming empowered writers--and thinkers--students can begin to read books as the result of a creative process not unlike their own. The result isn’t just an A or a stronger writing voice, but a toolset for understanding.

After graduating from Yale as a Humanities major in 2008, he served as the co-founder and Education Director of Edgewood Arts / DEEP Center, where he designed and led creative writing classes at middle schools. Since then, he's taught and tutored students in English, writing, history, philosophy, and general study skills.

Alex grew up in Baltimore and studied literature, early American history, and religious thought in college. He approaches theater as an experiment in how to live together. He recently completed a playwriting MFA at Brooklyn College, where he studied everything from Strindberg to Sontag. He’s working on play commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, and Rady&Bloom Collective Playmaking, and is artist-in-residence at University Settlement, where he’s developing a piece called Weird Classrooms, about experimental education models.

As an actor, he’s performed in places like BAM, PS122 and 3LD, and in a handful of otherwise obscure dives, bedrooms, backyards, and parks. His writing has appeared in n+1, Rusted Radishes (Lebanon), and HowlRound. A history play, Brief Chronicle, Books 6-8, will be published this spring by 3 Hole Press.

Awards:
Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Commission for Emerging Playwrights, Playwrights Horizons, 2016
Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, 2015
LMCC Workspace Resident, 2014-2015
Page 73 Summer Residency, 2014
TCG Global Connections – On the Road travel grant to Lebanon, 2013
EST/Sloan Playwriting commission, 2012
Artist in Residence, Byrdcliffe Colony, 2012
Associate Artist in Residence, Atlantic Center for the Arts, 2011
Rolling Stone College Journalism Award, first place, 2008
Wallace Prize for creative nonfiction, Yale, 2008
Wright Prize for creative nonfiction, Yale, 2008
Curtis Prize for Excellence in English, Yale, 2006
E. Francis Riggs Memorial Prize for distinction in Directed Studies, Yale, 2005