1st Stage, Tysons’ award-winning professional theater, is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Levy as its Artistic/Managing Director.
“I am thrilled to join the 1st Stage team. I know 1st Stage is entering an exciting time and that there is a very bright future ahead. It’s a remarkable theater with a vibrant vision. 1st Stage’s high quality theater is helping to create a dynamic cultural hub in the new Tysons city,” said Levy. “I know firsthand the challenges and opportunities that growing companies like 1st Stage face. I am honored to help lead this vital arts organization as it begins its newest chapter.”
Alex Levy’s work has been seen throughout the United States and around the world. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Ballybeg Theatre in New York City and the Managing Director of The Watts Village Theater Company in Los Angeles. He also serves as a Resident Director at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles and as an Artistic Associate of The Savage Players in Los Angeles. Prior to moving to the West Coast, Mr. Levy spent 7 years as Artistic Director of Pegasus Players in Chicago.
Good theatre can happen anywhere...
...but it can happen again and again when you have a home.
1st Stage opened its doors on September 18, 2008. It was created by two former Fairfax County public school teachers and a local singing/acting teacher, together with the young artists they had met and taught over many years. The vision: create a home for young local artists to launch and nurture their professional theatre careers, and provide the community with some wonderful theatre experiences.
Planning for 1st Stage began early in 2007. Most of the principle members of the planning group were associated in one way or another with the theatre program at George Marshall High School in Falls Church. Many had gone on to college and conservatory training programs in theatre and now wished to bring their talent and energy back to their community. Prior to 1st Stage, the only professional theatres in the county were Wolf Trap and the Theatre of the First Amendment at George Mason University.
In June of 2008, 6,500 square feet of flex space on Spring Hill Road in Tysons Corner was rented. The architectural firm of Butz-Wilbern designed the 100-seat performance space along with a classroom, library, and backstage support areas. General contractor M. Raina and Associates supervised construction although a significant portion of the work was completed by a volunteer crew of about 25 individuals. After three months of preparation, 1st Stage was ready to open.
The first season opened with The Suicide, a little-known, darkly comic play by Russian playwright Nikolai Erdmann. The mind-bending fantasy The Violet Hour, by Richard Greenberg, followed. Pig Farm, a raucous comedy (and a riff on government interference), opened in early 2009. Our first guest director, Jessica Lefkow, brought the comedic mystery Red Herring to our stage in the spring. Our inaugural season ended with the touching production of Shakespeare's R&J, a re-telling of Romeo and Juliet set in a prep school.
Sixteen actors made their professional debut on our stage in our first season. The season won many positive reviews, in outlets ranging from Michael Toscano in the Washington Post's Fairfax section to The Examiner, the Connection newspapers, DC Theatre Scene, Potomac Stages and ShowBiz Radio.
The founding members of 1st Stage were Lucas Beck, Deb Crerie, Jane Kalbfeld, Nathaniel Krause, Mark Krikstan, Alex Mandell, Peter Van Valkenburg, David Winkler, and Cheryl Patton Wu.