Assistant Professor, Theatre
- Ground Works .
Role: Faculty Representative.
Serving on the Editorial Board of Ground Works. Responding to the needs of a2ru (the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, of which the University of Utah is a partner) members, Ground Works was created to be a locus of arts-integrated research. The goal of a2ru Ground Works is to support a robust, critical community of practice by showcasing a rigorously peer-reviewed compendium of projects, and by exploring the range of interdisciplinary processes that underlie this work.
10/22/2020 - present
- Student Advisory Council (SAC) .
08/23/2021 - present.
- Theatre MATFA Graduate Committees.
08/23/2021 - present.
- Department of Theatre Recruitment Committee
08/23/2021 - 06/01/2022.
- CFA 75th Anniversary Task Force .
Department of Theatre Representative,
01/2021 - present.
- Ground Works Editorial Board.
10/22/2020 - present.
- Executive Committee of the Department of Theatre.
Executive Committee Member,
09/2020 - present.
- CFA College Council.
09/2019 - 05/2021.
- College of Fine Arts Grants Committee.
Committee Member ,
11/27/2018 - 06/2020.
- Season Selection Subcommittee.
10/2018 - present.
- Rowland Hall Monologue Project
Collaboration with Theatre Teacher and Technical Designer Matt Sincell .
04/15/2021 - 05/07/2021
- Rowland Hall Short Play Project
Collaboration with Theatre Teacher and Technical Designer Matt Sincell .
05/15/2020 - 05/26/2020
- Recruitment, National Unified Auditions | New York City.
01/18/2020 - 01/19/2020
- Recruitment, 2019 Colorado State Thespian Conference.
12/12/2019 - 12/14/2019
- 2018 Recruitment, 2018 Colorado State Thespian Conference.
12/06/2018 - 12/08/2018
Honors & Awards
- CFA Faculty Research Grant for LIMINAL, Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory Co-Production with the Department of Theatre in collaboration with Filmmakers Sonia and Miriam Albert-Sobrino.
University of Utah College of Fine Arts,
- Utah Division of Arts & Museums, General Operating Support FY22 | Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory $1300.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums ,
- RONALD AND EDITH by Connor Nelis Johnson honored with audience-voted awards: Best of F (Family-Friendly) and Audience Choice Award (most votes across all categories) https://www.instagram.com/p/CSseF8hIjj4/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link.
Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival ,
- UA&M Organizational Grants | FY21 Grant for Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory: $ 1,250.00.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums ,
- Honored to be included on the Utah Women 2020 Mural
Commissioned by Zions Bank, the 5,000-square-foot public art piece celebrates the impact of Utah women — past and present — in commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Artist Jann Haworth, known for creating The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band” album cover and the “SLC Pepper” mural, and Alex Johnstone powerfully assemble a colorful cast of more than 250 figures from across the Beehive State in Utah Women 2020. https://womensmural.com.
Utah Women 2020 Mural,
- UA&M Organizational Grants | FY20 Grant for Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.
Utah Arts & Museums,
- Great Salt Lake Fringe 2019 Audience Choice Award, THE NIGHT WITCHES by Rachel Bublitz.
Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival ,
- UA&M Organizational Grants | FY19 Grant for Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory.
Utah Division of Arts and Museums,
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
03/09/2022 - present
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
06/02/2021 - present
Lifetime Inaugural Member,
11/30/2018 - present
Actors Equity Association
09/2000 - present
In the Media
- The Daily Utah Chronicle | U Theatre’s “The Lightning Thief”: A Light and Airy Production of A Gen Z Classic: This expressive production of “The Lightning Thief” will have you humming each musical number tune well after you exit the Babcock Theater. | Arlo Marler. 09/30/2023.
- The Utah Review | World premiere of Sarah Shippobotham’s solo play Can I Say Yes to That Dress? will open Salt Lake Acting Company’s 52nd season | Les Roka. 09/27/2023.
- The Stage | The Wreck of the Queen Thomasina review | Paul Vale "Its language is crude in places – they are pirates after all – but it’s those moments of an almost poetic affection that soothe the soul. It’s as hypnotic as the sea soundscape that underscores the action or the gentle lullaby that Crumb sings to his friend. There is an easy chemistry between Johnson as Nickel and a cherubic Harrison Lind as Crumb, and Alexandra Harbold’s direction smooths over the rougher edges of the script.
The broader comedy elements that border on farce, including Nickel making love to the treasure chest, are funny, but the overall tone here is far more elusive. Footpath aims to reinvigorate the Brooklyn fringe scene and this piece is quirky and clever enough to do just that.". 08/08/2023.
- British Theatre Guide | The Wreck of the Queen Thomasina ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ | Reviewer Graeme Strachan
"When a pair of chalk and cheese pirates are marooned on a small desert island, they can only hope to be rescued, or to find treasure that might assuage their plight. But this might be hampered slightly when they are both slightly daft, and talk almost entirely in rhyming couplets.
The Wreck of the Queen Thomasina is a curious beast of a play, having been tugged all the way from New York City to Edinburgh to blow its load across the Fringe stage. Needless to say, this rhyming farce of tragicomic glee is pretty much everything you could expect or hope for in fringe theatre.
Crumb and Nickel manage to be a perfect pair of characters to bounce off one other. The elder Scots lookout and the young, naïve cook manage to each fall into the other’s folly while spinning their poetic dialogue, sometimes really forcing through a bad rhyme, to brilliant comic effect. The writing here is excellent and delivered in full accent with no small measure of charm and charisma. Even more surprising that, even at the brief 45 minutes it runs, it’s been able to win the audience into feeling genuine emotional connections to the silly pair, as things slide from boisterous bathos into heartstring-tugging, tear-jerking seriousness.
There’s nothing else to say here other than this play is itself a treasure. Catch it before its run ends."
Reviewer: Graeme Strachan. 08/2023.
- City Weekly | THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR APR 13 - 19
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company: To See Beyond Our Time, Ballet West: The Wedding,, Plan-B: Fire!, and more | City Weekly Staff. 04/12/2023.
- The Utah Review | Great Salt Lake is the silent collaborator: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company set to premiere dance theatrical work To See Beyond Our Time | Les Roka. 04/10/2023.
- Dance Magazine | 7 Must-See Performance Picks Hitting Stages This Month. 04/05/2023.
- KRCL | RADIOACTIVE 04.04.23
RadioACTive's Connor Estes talked to Daniel Charon and Alexandra Harbold, the co-creators of To See Beyond Our Time, playing later this month at The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center.
Thurs-Saturday, April 13-15: To See Beyond Our Time, 7:30 p.m. at Leona Wagner, Black Box Theater at The Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC. Event by Ririe-Woodbury Dance Co.: "TO SEE BEYOND OUR TIME is a new dance created in response to the urgent call to save the Great Salt Lake. Galvanized by the declining water levels and catastrophic impact on both the air quality and the Lake’s teeming ecosystem, this dance reckons with our interconnected environmental fates. To See Beyond Our Time bears witness to what is happening to the Great Salt Lake and our response. It is an invitation to greater attention, recognition, and shared action." . 04/04/2023.
- Broadway World | Laura Jordan to Lead WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME at Pioneer Theatre Company. 03/13/2023.
- UTBA (Utah Theatre Bloggers Association) | THROW YOUR HAT IN THE RING FOR THE SWEET SCIENCE OF BRUISING | Rachel Helwig. 03/13/2023.
- Good Company Theatre’s Developmental Production To Saints and Stars is Out of This World | Keolanani Kinghorn | Front Row Reviewers Utah. 11/13/2022.
- TO SAINTS AND STARS BLASTS OFF TO SUCCESS AT GOOD COMPANY | Danica Francom | UTBA. 11/05/2022.
- Good Company Theatre Opens First Staged Production Of TO SAINTS AND STARS
To Saints and Stars is a beautiful exploration of the lives of two women who put their faith into the opposing ideas of religion and science. 11/03/2022.
- Neither Here Nor There | Marina Gomberg | Studio '22. 07/26/2022.
- Meeting in the Middle: The Creators of ‘Liminal’ Discuss Collaboration on the Theatrical Thriller | Makena Reynolds | The Daily Utah Chronicle. 05/03/2022.
- ‘Storm Still’ Brings Shakespearean Catharsis and Tragedy to a Family Backyard | Daily Utah Chronicle | Luke Jackson. 09/27/2021.
- U Fine Arts alumni win abundant accolades at Great Salt Lake Fringe '21. 08/19/2021.
- College of Fine Arts alumni take Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival '21 by storm. 07/21/2021.
- Salt Lake City Weekly | City Weekly Staff | THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR DEC 17 - 23
SLAC Digital: Climbing With Tigers. 12/16/2020.
- Daily Utah Chronicle | Kate Burton | U Theatre Thrives with Virtual Production of “The Night Witches”. 11/21/2020.
- BWW Interview: Executive Artistic Director Cynthia Fleming on Salt Lake Acting Company's 49 ¾ Season and CLIMBING WITH TIGERS. 11/11/2020.
- City Weekly | THE ESSENTIAL A&E PICKS FOR OCT 29 - NOV 4 | Pygmalion Theatre Co.: White Savior, Pete Jr. @ Wiseguys, University of Utah Department of Theatre: The Night Witches, and more. 10/28/2020.
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | Darby Turnbow | 'The Night Witches succeeds with flying colors' . 10/27/2020.
- Front Row Reviewers | Ben Watson | 'The Night Witches Take Flight with Passion and Technical Precision at the University of Utah Department of Theater'. 10/26/2020.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Scott D. Pierce | Salt Lake Acting Co. announces its hybrid season — and who will write the successor to ‘Saturday’s Voyeur’. 09/17/2020.
- The Utah Review, Outstanding quartet of new short plays drive successful premiere of Plan-B Theatre’s Radio Slam; free app now available to listen to performances by Les Roka. 05/08/2020.
- Photo Flash: Plan-B Theatre Presents RADIO SLAM. 04/29/2020.
- American Theatre Magazine | The Subtext: Excerpts From a Lost Spring
This month, an anthology of scenes and monologues from 15 plays whose premieres were cut short by COVID-19. 04/23/2020.
- Patch | A Play Pops Up At The Gateway With A Big And Relevant Question: A socially conscious pop-up theater features a modern adaptation by a local playwright of the classic Russian masterwork | Joseph Peterson. 03/03/2020.
- Front Row Reviewers | At The Gateway in Salt Lake City, At the Bottom by Pinnacle Acting Company is The Top of Local Theater | Emilie Minshew. 02/29/2020.
- Artists of Utah's 15 Bytes, Ririe Woodbury’s 'Allegory'. 02/03/2020.
- UTBA REVIEWERS SOUND OFF: EXCELLENCE IN 2019 | UTBA
EXCELLENT COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PRODUCTIONS
"The Rivals at the University of Utah was extremely memorable, and one of the reasons was spectacular costumes and set design. In my review of the production, I said that seeing Amanda French‘s hair and makeup and Heather Parsell Rogers‘s 18th century costumes were worth the ticket price and made the actors look gorgeous. Add in the fantastic performances from a disciplined, highly trained ensemble cast, brisk pacing and clever direction from Alexandra Harbold, and The Rivals was one of my favorite productions of the year." —Miranda Giles, UTBA member
EXCELLENT NEW PLAYS: "The Night Witches by Rachel Bublitz, directed by Alexandra Harbold, and produced by YouTheatre at the Egyptian Theatre in Park City is the best example of ensemble work I have seen in a very long time. Everyone should do their best to see it when it is remounted by the company." —Megan Crivello, UTBA vice-president. 12/31/2019.
- Pioneer Theatre Company Presents Its First Production Of The New Year, MARY STUART | Broadway World | Salt Lake City. 12/20/2019.
- Fascinating, innovative, collaborative: Top Ten Moments of the Utah Enlightenment for 2019 | The Utah Review | Les Roka
"One of the strongest performing arts collaborations of the year occurred last winter with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, the Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory [Robert Scott Smith and Alexandra Harbold] and the Red Fred Project in a work that evoked a vibrant, colorful, innocent, joyful, poignant and glistening landscape."
" Tapped for a top 10 moment this year is SLAC’s production Will Snider’s Death of a Driver, with riveting performances by Patrick J. Ssenjovu and Cassandra Stokes-Wylie and directed by Alexandra Harbold.". 12/20/2019.
- Raasch’s Favorite Salt Lake Theater of 2019 | The Daily Utah Chronicle
"Death of a Driver” was directed by Alexandra Harbold, a U faculty member, and is arguably one of the best shows I have witnessed from SLAC to date.". 12/19/2019.
- Review: Salt Lake Acting Company opens 49th season with riveting Utah premiere of Death of a Driver | The Utah Review | Les Roka. 09/20/2019.
- Review: Potholes in the Road: Salt Lake Acting Company’s Death of a Driver is a Powerful Exploration of Complex Social and Political Landscapes | Front Row Reviewers | By Alisha Hagey and Jason Hagey. 09/14/2019.
- Review: SLAC’s ‘Death of a Driver’ Confronts the Rollercoaster of Friendship | The Daily Utah Chronicle | Abigail Raasch. 09/14/2019.
- Great Salt Lake Fringe goes into second weekend with moving stories | Salt Lake Tribune | Julie Hirschi. 08/09/2019.
- Review: THE NIGHT WITCHES ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Post by Sara Claverie. 08/05/2019.
- Review: YouTheatre’s Production of THE NIGHT WITCHES Will Leave You Haunted | Front Row Reviewers | Post by Tina Hawley
- American Theatre Magazine | Salt Lake Acting Company’s 2019-20 Lineup of Directors Is Exclusively Female: The theatre’s 49th season includes six works never before produced in Utah, two of which being world premieres. 04/29/2019.
- THE RIVALS VIES FOR YOUR HEART
Posted by Miranda Giles | Apr 13, 2019 | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Reviews, Salt Lake County. 04/13/2019.
- Utah Department of Theatre's 'The Rivals' is a ridiculous delight | By
Hannah LaFond | Deseret News Theatre Review. 04/08/2019.
- Front Row Reviewers | Pioneer Theatre Company’s SWEAT | Jennifer Mustoe . 04/01/2019.
- Salt Lake Tribune | A historic first for Salt Lake Acting Company: Women will direct all 6 shows in its 2019-20 season | Sean P. Means. 03/25/2019.
- The Utah Review | Les Roka | Poetic excellence as literary, dance worlds merge in the live creature and ethereal things concert: Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, Red Fred Project. 02/06/2019.
- Ririe-Woodbury: the live creature and ethereal things | Kate Mattingly, loveDANCEmore. 02/02/2019.
- 15 Bytes Artists of Utah | Kate Mattingly | Ririe-Woodbury: the live creature and ethereal things. 02/02/2019.
- The Utah Review | Les Roka | Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s ‘the live creature and ethereal things’ concert is rarefied collaboration of joy with Red Fred Project, Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory. 01/21/2019.
- UTBA REVIEWERS SOUND OFF: EXCELLENCE IN 2018 | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Russell Warne
EXCELLENT PROFESSIONAL (EQUITY) PRODUCTIONS
'The Wolves' at Salt Lake Acting Company was an amazing production that highlighted the power of young women. It did not shy away from the rawness of adolescence and the gravity of the situations young people find themselves in. It was visceral and gut-wrenching in its accuracy. Director Alexandra Harbold cast beautifully and allowed features actresses Ireland Nichols and Alison Jo Stroud to shine. Nichols and Stroud are performers to watch for, and I hope to see them featured onstage again soon. —Megan Crivello, UTBA vice-president. 12/31/2018.
- RadioWest Films | THAT ONE MOMENT IN SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY'S THE WOLVES
Sarah DeLappe's Pulitzer-prize nominated play The Wolves follows a season of a high-school girls' soccer team. With the exception of #46, they've been playing together their whole lives. In this moment from Salt Lake Acting Company's production, the outsider makes herself heard. 11/02/2018.
- Front Row Reviewers | 'The Wolves' at Salt Lake Acting Company Scores a Goal with Audiences
- Gephardt Daily | Review: ‘The Wolves’ scores at Salt Lake Acting Company | Daisy Blake. 10/17/2018.
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association | SLAC SCORES A GOAL WITH THE WOLVES | Megan Crivello
- Daily Utah Chronicle | Madge Slack | “The Wolves” Premieres at Salt Lake Acting Company
- Playbill | First Look at the Regional Theatre Premiere of Oslo | Hannah Vine. 09/17/2018.
- Utah Theater Bloggers | SOMETHING DELIGHTFULLY WICKED BREWING IN PINNACLE’S MACBETH | Tony Porter. 06/21/2018.
- Front Row Reviewers Utah | Something Wicked This Way Comes at Pinnacle Acting Company’s Macbeth | By Susannah Whitman.
- 15 bytes | Plan-B Takes a Leap with Austin Archer’s Debut, 'Jump' | Ann Poore . 04/06/2018.
- Front Row Reviewers Utah | You Should Leap at the Chance to See 'Jump' | Gray Thomas. 04/05/2018.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Can ‘Jump,’ a new play by a young Utah playwright, teach us how to die? Or how to live? Writer Austin Archer explores what a skydive reveals about facing death and its aftermath. | Ellen Fagg Weist. 04/02/2018.
- The Utah Review | Plan-B Theatre, Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory to take audiences on breathless, dizzying ride in Austin Archer’s 'Jump' | Les Roka. 03/27/2018.
- SLUG Magazine | PLAN-B THEATRE COMPANY PRODUCES AUSTIN ARCHER’S JUMP | Kenzie Sharette. 03/01/2018.
- Plan-B Theatre | Our upcoming co-productions with Sackerson (THE WEIRD PLAY) and Flying Bobcat (JUMP). 12/18/2017.
- Front Row Reviewers | The U’s You Never Can Tell is a 20th Century Classic That is Wonderful for 21st Century Audiences | Brian Thomas. 11/20/2017.
- Daily Utah Chronicle | Comedic Perfection in “You Never Can Tell” | Josh Petersen. 11/18/2017.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Utah festival’s ‘Ion’ gives Greek tragedy a funky 1950s flair in a production that breaks all the rules
Review • The Classical Greek Theatre Festival’s lively production is consistently surprising and entertaining. | Barbara M. Bannon. 09/12/2017.
- Front Row Reviewers | Classical Greek Theatre Festival’s “Ion” in SLC is Engaging and Entertaining | Shianne Gray. 09/09/2017.
- Utah Theatre Bloggers | ALL ABOARD FOR HOW LONG CAN YOU STAND ON THE TRAIN TRACKS | Marin Scriven . 07/11/2017.
- Salt Lake Tribune | New Utah play — in which sisters play chicken on train tracks — explores power of shifting family relationships | Ellen Fagg Weist . 07/06/2017.
- Broadway World | BWW Review: SLAC's HAND TO GOD Is Raucous, Irreligious, and It's a Must-See | Blair Howell. 04/20/2017.
- NOW-ID Ne Plus Ultra | Alexandra Harbold. 05/19/2016.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Review: Utah company’s ‘Picnic’ reinvigorates the vision of an iconic American playwright. 03/18/2016.
- UTBA | 'Bring Your Imagination to go Climbing with Tigers' | Morag Shepherd. 03/09/2016.
- 15 Bytes | Climbing with Tigers: Red Fred Project, Salt Lake Acting Company and Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory bring a child’s vision to life | Dale Thompson. 03/03/2016.
- Deseret News | Salt Lake Acting Company's 'Climbing With Tigers' encourages audiences to 'face your fears'. 03/01/2016.
- Review: SLAC’s ‘Tribes’ charts benefits and pitfalls of belonging. 10/30/2015.
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association (UTBA) | SLAC’s TRIBES communicates beautifully. 10/28/2015.
- UTBA | SLAC’s TWO STORIES told well. 02/12/2015.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Review: Cultures collide in Salt Lake Acting Company’s multidimensional ‘Two Stories’. 02/10/2015.
- Salt Lake Tribune | Theater: McMansions and media merge in SLAC’s new play. 01/31/2015.