Alex Bechtel

Alex Bechtel is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist.  As an actor, composer, sound designer, writer, director, teaching artist, and multi-instrumentalist, Bechtel’s work has appeared on the stages of most Philadelphia theatre companies.  He is a graduate of the Pig Iron School (Graduate of the Inaugural Class, 2013) and The University of the Arts (BFA 2008), where he now teaches Freshman Acting Studio.  Bechtel has received Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Music Direction for his work on The Walnut St Theatre’s production of My Way and Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical for his performance in Theatre Horizon’s Into the Woods. In 2015, he was awarded the Independence Fellowship in the Arts to engage in a one-on-one creative intensive with Kentucky-based New Music composer Rachel Grimes on new approaches to the use of music in theatre.  Bechtel was a 2015 Finalist for the F. Otto Haas Award for Outstanding Philadelphia Emerging Theatre Artist.  Recent collaborations include sound design for Scott Sheppard and Jenn Kidwell's The Underground Railroad Game, directing This Beautiful Stupidity, an original evening of ensemble-devised comedy theatre shorts created by a cast of UArts students, and performing in 1812 Productions' This is the Week That Is.  He is the co-creator of the absurdist devised comedy Jeff Coon and Ben Dibble Must Die, co-creator of the live comedy variety show The Bech/Doh Sketch/Show, and writer/director/composer of the ensemble-devised music hall drama The West.  In 2016/2017, Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto, for which Bechtel composed original music & lyrics, will premier at People’s Light and Theatre Company and The Light Princess, for which Bechtel serves as composer and actor, will premier at The Arden Theatre Company.