Bronco Spotlight: David Alpert

Bachelor of Arts, theatre studies: directing, stage management, 2006

Current Job Title:

Director

Current Employer:

Freelance

Describe your current job:

I am a theatre director living in NYC.  I have worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway shows as an Associate Director, and have also directed my own projects in New York and regionally.  I am the Artistic Director of MainStage Programming of BroadwayCon, and produce the annual 'Living for Today' concert series benefiting Gilana's Fund.

What is the most rewarding and the most challenging part of your job?

I get to do what I love.  It's incredibly rewarding to go to work in a job that I dreamed about as a kid.  This business is challenging, competitive and unstable, but I have been lucky enough to work fairly consistently, and each time I open a new show there's a sense of pride and accomplishment.

What experiences impacted the choice of your career path?

I have always wanted to be a director, and the faculty in the Theatre Department at WMU encouraged me to follow that passion.  My senior year I directed my first full-length musical, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, in the York Arena Theater, and that experience gave me the confidence to move to New York and try directing as a career choice.

What advice would you offer students to help them decide on a career path?

Do what you love.  If there's a job out there that calls your name, go for it.  There will always need to be ____________s (insert job of choice here) in the world, so why not be that person to fill the job?  Never think that you're unable to follow the career of your dreams.  Decide on a goal and go for it.

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