2013 arts education network council
Director of Education
311 West 43rd Street, Suite 302
New York City,
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Alex Sarian is the Director of Education & Outreach at MCC Theater, a leading off-Broadway producing company and recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, a Tony Award, Drama Desk Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards, Drama League Awards, and Obie Awards, amongst others. At MCC, he is responsible for all administrative and programmatic matters of the Education Department including partnerships with the New York City Department of Education, post-show education talkbacks of their award-winning mainstage productions, and the expansion of the MCC Theater Youth Company, the longest operating youth company of its kind in New York City. He also oversees the long-term strategic growth of education programs during the organization’s $25MM transition into its first artistic home, a new theater complex in the Clinton neighborhood of Manhattan. Before MCC, Sarian worked with Urban Arts Partnership (UAP), where he coordinated advanced programs in theater and digital arts for NYC public schools, and where he was instrumental in the development of StoryStudio, an innovative multi-discplinary arts integration program proven to assist middle school ESL students pass the standardized NYSESLAT. Prior to UAP, Sarian served as the Associate Director of Education at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, home to the New Jersey Writers Project, the largest creative writing residency program in the country – serving over 18,000 students annually. Sarian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Theatre (with concentrations in K-12 curriculum design and performing arts administration) from New York University, has presented internationally and was a recent TEDx speaker on arts education for the International Baccalaureate in Toronto, Canada. Sarian lives in Brooklyn with his fiance, a middle school drama teacher, and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.