Alexander Santiago-Jirau is an educator, advocate and theatre artist committed to the use oftheatre for youth and community development. He is Associate Director of the Career Development Program at The Center for Arts Education (www.caenyc.org ), where he counsels youth pursuing arts careers and leads professional development workshops for New York City public school educators.
A Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner who has studied with Augusto Boal, Alex facilitates multiple workshops, particularly with youth and diverse immigrant communities. He is Past President of the Board of Directors of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (www.ptoweb.org ), a national organization devoted to the work of liberatory educators, activists, artists, and community organizers. Alex is also co-founder of The Forum Project (www.theforumproject.org), a theatre training and facilitation company that designs custom workshops, community projects, performances and trainings for a wide range of communities and social justice issues. Alex has previously taught at Drew University and The Living Theatre Conservatory. In addition to presenting his work at numerous national and international conferences, Alex is also a recipient of Repertorio Español's Van Lier Young Directors Fellowship. In 2010 he was elected to the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
Alex holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University Steinhardt.