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Northwestern School of Communication

Alexander Gemignani

Associate Professor of Instruction


Alexander Gemignani
Alexander Gemignani is an Artistic Director, actor, music director, orchestrator, conductor, composer/lyricist, and educator. As an actor on Broadway: MY FAIR LADY (Doolittle), RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S CAROUSEL (Enoch Snow - Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Grammy Nominations), 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: HAMILTON in Chicago (King George III, original cast), THE THREE SISTERS (Andrei) at Cincinnati Playhouse, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (Sergeant) at The Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. and the title character in the world premiere musical SAINT-EX at The Weston Playhouse. Concerts: The N.Y. Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, The N.Y. Pops at Carnegie Hall, The L.A. Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl and the American Songbook Series at Lincoln Center. His solo show, All At Once, premiered at the Kennedy Center as a part of Barbara Cook’s Spotlight Series. As a music director, he was represented Off-Broadway with Fiasco Theatre’s production of MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG at the Roundabout (also penned new orchestrations) and is made his Broadway conducting debut as Music Supervisor for the 2019/2020 revival of WEST SIDE STORY. TV/Film: SERVANT (Apple TV), EMPIRE (FOX - Recurring),CHICAGO FIRE (NBC), HOMELAND (Showtime - Recurring), THE GOOD WIFE (CBS), EMPIRE STATE (ABC Pilot), the film THE PRODUCERS (Universal), three appearances on THE TONY AWARDS (CBS) and upcoming on season 5 of THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL (AMAZON - Recurring). Additionally, he made his conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve 2019 with the concert, CELEBRATING SONDHEIM, featuring symphonic suites and guest soloist Katrina Lenk which aired on LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER. As a composer/lyricist, he is currently developing two new musicals, DIAMOND ALICE and SWINGSET/MOON, and has composed the incidental music for several plays. He is a new appointee at Northwestern University as Associate Professor of Instruction and Artistic Director of the American Music Theatre Project and has served on the faculty of the National Theatre Institute at The O’Neill and NYU Steinhardt. He has also served as guest faculty or guest artist for the University Of Michigan, Texas State University, Syracuse University (Tepper), and NYU Tisch School Of The Arts. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and a proud graduate of The University of Michigan. 2018 marked the beginning of his tenure as Artistic Director for the National Music Theater Conference at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, CT, where he has helped shepherd over 25 new musicals. His greatest joys are his beautiful daughter and his incredible wife, Erin Ortman.