Kate Alexander is the Associate Director of FST and the Founder of the FST Theatre School. Ms. Alexander has directed numerous productions and premieres on the FST stages including this year’s regional premiere of Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Freud’s Last Session; Thurgood; South Beach Babylon; The Columnist; Talley’s Folly; Jericho; Next Fall; The Savannah Disputation; Ghost- Writer; Two Jews Walk into a War…; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; Sylvia; Shotgun; The Miamians; Brooklyn Boy; The Exonerated; Wit; Proof; Lobby Hero; and Ten Unknowns. For the past 5 seasons, Ms. Alexander has developed: The City Dialogues; Forums on Race; opening the play to a community dialogue involving hundreds of organizations and people in every venue possible. The focus on race issues with community leadership has led an unparalleled cross county participation that the Association Director of African American Culture, Smithsonian said “Is on the pulse of our national and collective anxiety.”
Ms. Alexander is also a resident actress for the past 20 years. Some of her leading roles were seen in the plays: Edward Albee’s The Goat; The Occupant; Filumena; Master Class; Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Edward Albee’s The Play About the Baby; Golda’s Balcony; and most recently, Taking Shakespeare. Ms. Alexander is the recipient of numerous acting, directing, and public service awards, including FAER, She Knows Where She’s Going Award (Girls, Inc.), The Woman of Light Award, National Council of Jewish Women, The Woman of Power Award, the Sarasota County Arts Leadership Award, Education Award, Sarasota Manatee Jewish Federation, and most recently The Unity Award for her work on race in our community. Most recently, she has collaborated with the Chautauqua Institution on the WRITE A PLAY program – which has been initiated in Israel, Russia, and Scotland. She is also the co-author of The Animated Short, co-authored by Karen Sullivan, with a second edition now available.