Visiting Assistant Professor
Alex Torra is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Theater where he teaches Acting 1, Acting 2, Solo Performance, Acting Capstone, Production Ensemble, and a course in Latinx Performance called “Performance Latinidad: Latinx Theater, Film, and Performance Art”. Over the last few years, he has directed multiple productions at Swarthmore including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The (24 Hour) Bald Soprano, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again., As You Like It, Dublin by Lamplight, and Mad Forest.
A Philadelphia-based, Cuban-American director, actor and producer, Torra’s primary focus as a professional theater artist is the creation and presentation of experimental, ensemble-devised performance works. He is the Co-Founder of Team Sunshine Performance Corporation, where he has directed all of the company’s major works since it’s founding in 2010. He is also an Associate Artist and former Associate Artistic Director of two-time Obie Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company. In 2018, Torra received a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and is a past recipient of fellowships from the Independence Foundation, the Princess Grace Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Drama League, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, among others. He received his B.A. University of Pennsylvania; and his M.F.A. in Directing from the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium.