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October 2017

The world premiere production of my play ATLAS PIT received four awards from StageSceneLA.  Outstanding Ensemble, Actor in a Leading Role (Josey Montana McCoy), Actor in a Supporting Role (Herman Johansen), and Director (Beth Lopes).

August 2017

August is for weddings.  I’m happy to announce that on August 19th I’ll be marrying the love of my life Emily A. Fisher in Denver, CO.  After the ceremony we are heading to France for our Honeymoon.  See you in September!

July 2017

We launched our first successful industry showcase at Zak Barnett Studios.  The night was co-hosted by casting director Sara Isaacson (Scream, Fringe, The Mentalist), and featured the work of our Master Students.  There was standing room only, and we were packed with top casting directors, agents, and managers.

June 2017

El Cíclope received a workshop reading at Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood, CA.   Special thanks to those who attended and performed!

Ivy Beech as Courtney Cliff and Octavio Rodriguez as Mateo Long-Gutierrez

March 2017-June 2017

I’m excited to announce that I have signed with a new literary agent!  For all inquiries about producing my work please contact:

Peregrine Whittlesey Agency

279 Central Park West #23

New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-787-1802

El Cíclope will be having a reading on June 3rd at 3pm at the Samuel French Bookshop in Hollywood, CA.  Admission is free.  I would love for you all to stop by.  The reading will be directed by Rhonda Kohl and feature a terrific cast of local LA artists.


February 2017

A rundown of my newest play El Cíclope.  Reading coming this Spring.

El Cíclope

A Full-Length Play with Parables, 4 Women, 2 Men

Award-Winning author Cori Cliff returns to her hometown of Janesville, WI during an international book tour promoting her latest work- a novella titled El Cíclope.  The story is a memoir masked as fiction depicting her life as once Homecoming Queen Courtney Cliff and her relationships between two men: her high school boyfriend Sean Davis, and her outcast Spanish tutor Matt Long.  As the plot blossoms (and wilts), Courtney must face some of the world’s harshest and most beautiful truths, forcing the young girl to flee her home town and ultimately transform into her now unrecognizable self.  The play is inspired by Latin-American folklore.

Features Spanish Translations by Octavio Rodriguez

January 2017

This January Zak Barnett Studios hosted our Still Thankful Celebration honoring casting directors Sara Isaacson (Scream, Midnight Texas, and Fringe) and Carol Goldwasser (Hannah Montana, Austin and Ally, Dog with a Blog).  We also took the opportunity to raise money for four charity organizations that align with the studio’s signposts of Spirituality. Entertainment. and Activism.  The featured charities were Film Independent, The Unusual Suspects, Girls Voices, and the LGBTQ Youth Homeless Shelter.

I also finished the rough draft of my newest play El Cíclope, which I am hoping to have a reading of this spring.  Stay tuned for future details!

Atlas Pit also received a staged-reading at the Janesville Performing Arts Center in my hometown of Janesville, WI.  Check out this article in the Janesville Gazette.

October 2016

ATLAS PIT had a terrific run!  Check out this amazing review from StageSceneLA.

I’ve started research on my next major play- can’t wait to share it with you all when it’s finished.

I also have started teaching Kids/Tween CRAFT at Zak Barnett Studios.  CRAFT is an intermediate-level acting class focused on the study of actor process in association with genre.



June-September 2016

We are currently in rehearsals for the world premiere of my play ATLAS PIT.  Performances will be September 30th-October 23rd at The Working Stage Theater in Hollywood.  Tickets can be purchased here.


May 2016

I published my thesis: The Visual Staging of Audio Plays and graduated with my MFA in Theatre from the Performance Pedagogy program at VCU. My thesis can be read here.

I also started my new job as the studio manager at Zak Barnett Studios in Hollywood, CA.  ZBS is an acting studio focused on spirituality, entertainment, and activism.  Our clients can be seen on numerous television shows and feature films.  I will also be assisting the company founder with developing an acting teacher training program, and apprenticing on-camera acting instruction.  Check out ZBS by clicking here.


April 2016

I’m excited to announce that my play Atlas Pit will be receiving its world premiere this fall with The Los Angeles New Court Theatre.  Keep checking back for details; I’m thrilled to share my grungy little play with all of you.


March 2016

This March Alex traveled to Greensboro, NC where he was a presenter at SETC.  His main workshop was centered on applying the practice of Anne Bogart’s Vocal Viewpoints to the creation of character voices for animation.  He also assisted theatre educator Brianna Larson with a ballroom for the stage workshop.

Alex Burkart SETC

Alex with students at SETC 2016


February 2016

This February Alex staged a reading of William Hoffman’s award-winning play As Is.  The reading was a part of a semester long HIV/AIDS awareness staged reading series.


January 2016

Alex’s play Atlas Pit or The Garbage Man’s Son receives a staged reading at Samuel French Bookstore in Hollywood, CA.  The play will receive a second reading at the Janesville Performing Arts Center in Alex’s hometown Janesville, WI next winter, and then will receive it’s world premiere in Los Angeles, CA early 2017. For more information and full script of the play click here.

"Atlas Pit" Reading at Samuel French Bookshop

“Atlas Pit” Reading at Samuel French Bookshop

December 2015

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play opens on TheatreVCU’s MainStage.  The play was the culmination of a semester long class on voice-over and radio drama techniques.  Alex served as both director and class instructor.  The performance is also in association with Alex’s thesis The Visual Staging of Audio Plays.

It's A Wonderful Life

It’s A Wonderful Life








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