Alex Higgin-Houser is a playwright, librettist, and theatre-maker. His latest musical, Beast Mode Champion, recently completed a developmental workshop at Elon University. Alex's one-act opera Shadow on the Wall will receive its digital premiere with Tisch's Advanced Opera Lab, produced in association with the American Opera Project and New Phase Collective. Haymarket, his most recent world premiere, received the 2019 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical following an extended commercial run in Chicago. Adventurers!, an immersive D&D musical, recently had its first workshop production at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. His work has been published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and performed across the country. Alex is a recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he completed his MFA in musical theatre writing.
Photo: Alex (left) and David Kornfeld accept the 2019 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Musical. Photo by Joe Mazza/ Brave Lux.
As an arts administrator, Alex co-founded Underscore Theatre, a new musical development company, in 2011, where he served as artistic director until 2018, and continues to serve on the board. Alex has served as festival director for the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, marketing director for the Greenhouse Theater Center, audience services director at Victory Gardens Theater, as well as telemarketing and fundraising manager at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. In 2019, Alex was assistant to composer and lyricist William Finn (Falsettos, 25th Annual) during the creation of a new song cycle.
Originally from Minneapolis, Alex has lived in Manhattan, Queens, Berlin, rural Massachusetts, and Chicago, where he currently lives with his wife, Dr. Francesca Chubb-Confer, and their son, August. As an amateur home chef and baker, Alex has been tracking new recipes and techniques on his instagram account, which is essentially just pictures of food, baby Auggie, and the family pets: Ragueneau, a pug/basenji mix, and Balthazar, a hungry, hungry housecat. Alex enjoys walking the dog, listening to Dungeons & Dragons podcasts, jogging, and canceling out that jogging by eating takeout and watching Netflix.