Long before I ever dreamt of being an astronomer, I was an actor. I was a performer from a very early age, and in 2007 I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre at New York University through the Tisch School of the Arts. My primary training was at the Atlantic Acting School.
During my years as a performer I had the good fortune of leading many shows, dramas and comedies alike, musicals, and Shakespeare. And I got to work with a whole bunch of talented folks. I will always cherish that time in my life.
In 2012 I decided to switch careers to science, but the theatre will always be in my blood, and thankfully I’ve been able to keep scratching the itch from time to time. My most recent production was in 2016, leading a new work by playwright Joshua Young (Who Mourns for Bob the Goon? at HERE Arts Center, New York City), and I’ve satiated the performance bug with readings of new works on occasion, as well as writing and recording my own music.
Being an astronomer keeps me busy enough, but if the right production comes along I may yet step back on the stage. Honestly it feels like only a matter of time.
In early 2020 I recorded an extensive interview for the excellent Paths podcast about my transition from actor to scientist. Check it out below:
Hi there! I’m Alex, currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University. My research focuses predominantly on the search for exomoons — moons orbiting planets far beyond our Solar System.
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