Alexander_Gemignani__Headshot.jpgThe Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has named Alexander Gemignani the Artistic Director of their National Music Theater Conference (NMTC). As previously announced, founding Artistic Director Paulette Haupt will step down this August after 40 seasons at the helm of the National Music Theater Conference. Alexander Gemignani becomes the second Artistic Director in the Conference’s history. Since its founding in 1978, the National Music Theater Conference has developed more than 132 new musicals, including early works of Nine, Violet, Avenue Q, In Transit, and In The Heights.

I am deeply honored that Preston Whiteway and the board of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center have selected me to help shape the next generation of groundbreaking musicals.” shares Alexander Gemignani. “The O’Neill’s stellar reputation of cultivating work that challenges, stimulates, and inspires is one I'm thrilled to continue. I have enormous respect for my predecessor, Paulette Haupt, whose passion and insight have helped make the O'Neill a safe haven for creation for the last 40 years. I'm invigorated by the challenge of honoring the foundation and legacy of the American musical, while looking ahead to include new theater makers with bold approaches to storytelling. In short, I cannot wait to get started.”

As the Artistic Director of the National Music Theater Conference, Alexander Gemignani joins five other Artistic Directors of the O’Neill’s flagship programs - the National Playwrights Conference, National Critics Institute, National Theater Institute, National Puppetry Conference, and Cabaret and Performance Conference. All six programs are overseen by O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway who notes: “The future of the American musical is bright, especially with Alexander Gemignani leading the National Music Theater Conference. His breadth of artistry across disciplines - as a composer, actor, director, music director, and teacher - give him a unique understanding of the demands of the form, and its infinite possibilities.  I’m very excited to welcome him to the O’Neill, and by doing so, support and launch the next wave of American musical theater artists.”

Current Artistic Director Paulette Haupt shares: “It gives me great pleasure to pass the baton on to Alexander Gemignani as the new leader of the National Music Theater Conference.  Of course it is bittersweet to leave, but timely for me and for the O’Neill to gain new perspectives and rise to new challenges. With such a multi-talented artist at the helm I have no doubt of the Conference’s continued strong legacy. I wish him well and look forward to returning to the O’Neill time and time again as a visitor. They say the time to leave a position and a place is when you still love it, and that is certainly the case for me.  There is no place like the O’Neill.

Alexander Gemignani will begin his tenure fall 2018. Open submission guidelines for the 2018 summer season will be announced in September.


Alexander Gemignani is an actor, musical director, composer/lyricist, and educator and is thrilled to add artistic director of the NMTC to his resume. He is currently in the Chicago company of Hamilton (King George III). His Broadway acting credits include: Violet (Father), Chicago (Billy), Les Misérables (Valjean, Drama League nomination), Sweeney Todd (Beadle, Drama Desk nomination), Assassins (Hinckley, Theatre World Award), The People In The Picture (Moishe), Sunday in the Park With George (Boatman/ Dennis). Off-Broadway: Road Show at the Public (Addison Mizner, Drama League nomination), Headstrong at EST (Nick) and Avenue Q at the Vineyard Theatre (Brian). Favorite Regional: The Three Sisters at Cincinnati Playhouse (Andrei), Oklahoma! at THE MUNY (Jud Fry), The Boys From Syracuse at The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. (Sergeant) and the title character in the world premiere musical Saint-Ex at The Weston Playhouse. Concerts: Encores! 1776 at New York City Center (Rutledge), the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl, and Lincoln Center’s American Songbook.  He has premiered solo shows at the Kennedy Center (Barbara Cook’s Spotlight), The Sheen Center, Birdland, and Feinstein’s. TV/Film: Empire (recurring), Homeland (recurring), Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, Empire State (pilot), and the film The Producers. As a composer/lyricist, he is currently developing four new musicals and has composed the incidental music for several plays. As a musical director, he is currently in development for productions with The Public Theatre and Roundabout Theatre Company. He has served on the faculty of the National Theater Institute and NYU. Alexander is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. His greatest joys are his incredible wife, Erin Ortman and their amazing daughter, Olive.