July 16th Alex weighs in on the mixed-race casting debate on Mixed Life.
“The Danger in Dictating Who Can Play What” : Alex Chester ( Editor-in-Chief of The Hapa Mag)
There are so many things that come into play when hiring a BIPOC or Mixed actor. First and foremost it is against the law to ask the actor what their ethnicity is. Granted, this doesn’t stop casting directors or producers. Another aspect to keep in mind when it comes to Mixed actors portraying mono-ethnic characters is the lack of work available to Mixed actors. There are few and far roles specifically written for a Mixed actor, and there are few roles written for a BIPOC actor.
Since there is a small percentage of roles available, BIPOC mono-ethnic actors play mixed ones (Lana Condor in “To All the Boys I Love”) and mixed actors play mono roles (Henry Golding in “Crazy Rich Asians.”) I think it becomes dangerous when people start dictating what mixed-actors can and cannot play. If the mixed actor identifies with the given ethnic makeup of the role then I do not see this as a problem. The problem is, Hollywood is white-centric and there just isn’t enough work to go around to the BIPOC/Mixed community. This is why it is essential to create our own work and make sure our stories are being told. I also think it is important to keep in mind Hollywood rarely, if ever, will hire a Mixed actor to play a white mono-ethnic character. Even if the Mixed actor identifies with their white side. This doesn’t matter because the United States sees anyone that isn’t fully “white” as an other.
July 16th Her Hotel Hotel - A Virtual Rock Dream review 4 out of 5 Stars https://chathamlifeandstyle.com/f/theatre-review-surreal-accounts-of-personal-survival-at-wtf
July 11th and 25th, 2020, Her Hotel - A Virtual Rock Dream will premier with the Women's Theatre Festival. Alex's plays multiple roles in this dreamscape https://wtvirtualf2020.sched.com/event/chuc/her-hotel-wtfringe-performance
May 16th, 2020 Model Majority Comedy's FB Live Sketch Comedy Show for AAPI Month airs at 8pm EST. https://www.facebook.com/events/1160834587594109/
May 13th, 2020 Hapa Mag releases it's 11th issue.
April 16th, 2020 Model Majority Comedy releases parody video.
April 7th, 2020 Hapa Mag releases spring 2020 pop up issue.
March 30th, 2020 A Chorus Line at Flat Rock Playhouse is canceled for the summer.
Alex was set to play Connie in Flat Rock's upcoming production of ACL. The show has been moved to 2021 due to Covid.
February 12th, 2020 Hapa Mag releases it's 10th issue.
Featuring Alex in a "New Hollywood" a photo series.
February 1st, 2020 Model Majority's Lunar New Year Show at The Pit.
January 14th, 2020 New Amsterdam Episode 210 "Code Silver" Airs on NBC
Alex Co-Stars in this episode as Lenore. https://tvline.com/2020/01/13/new-amsterdam-season-2-episode-10-bloom-ligon-lockdown-video/?fbclid=IwAR2tvj0ZlRt0Z0fLs8ywStwqdn06ZNsmLyfkRNge-CU-Wht2OTyZBtkbfxs
December 20th, 2019 GR42 Sings Christmas Musicals
Come to get in the Holiday spirit while Alex sings a JRB song for this festive cabaret.
November 8th, 2019 New Amsterdam Episode 210 "Code Silver"
Alex booked a costar on this NBC TV show. Air date TBD in 2020.
November 2nd, 2019 Model Majority 1st Birthday.
November 1st, 2019 Uber Print Campaign.
Alex shoots a print campaign for Uber. Keep an out for her in 2020.
October 25th, 2019 Model Majority is a featured act for NYC Sketchfest.
October 15th, 2019 Bacardi: The Haunted Rum.
Alex shot a commercial for Bacardi https://www.thedrum.com/creative-works/project/bacardi-the-haunted-rum
August 30th - September 1st 2019 The 25th Annual County Spelling Bee at Fire Island Pines Arts Project.
Alex is thrilled to be playing Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre. She is the first AsAm to portray this role. https://www.broadwayworld.com/long-island/article/BWW-Interview-FIPAP-Brings-Beloved-Tony-Winning-Musical-to-Fire-Island-Aug-31-Sept-1-Learn-More-20190828
April 12th, 2019 Popeyes Commerical.
Alex was flown out to New Orleans to shoot a commerical for Popeyes. You can view it here:
February 9th, 2019 Pacific Symphony Orchestra celebrates Lunar New Year.
Alex is super excited to be performing at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, ushering uin the year of the Pig. https://www.pacificsymphony.org/about_us/press_room/press_releases/2018-19/2019-Lunar-New-Year
January 14th, 2019 Prospect Theatre Company presents a staged reading of Einstein’s Dreams.
Alex plays Anna in this innovative musical about Einstein. Book and lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner. Music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum
November 11th - December 30th How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Alex is thrilled to be returning to Whoville once more! https://www.broadwayworld.com/videoplay/BWW-TV-Watch-Highlights-of-Gavin-Lee-in-HOW-THE-GRINCH-STOLE-CHRISTMAS-20181214
October 20th, 2019 Prospect Theater Company and National Asian Artist Project present Into the Woods.
Alex is thrilled to be playing Little Red Riding Hood in this one night event! https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Flash-Ann-Harada-Raymond-J-Lee-Jason-Ma-And-More-In-NAAP-Prospect-Theaters-INTO-THE-WOODS-In-Concert-20181023
August 31st, 2018 UPS Commercial
Alex shot a commercial for UPS.
April 2nd, 2018 Out of the Box Conversations
Josh Christensen sits down with Alex Chester to talk about being a child actor, moving to NYC and Hapa Mag. Out of the Box Conversations
October 20th, 2016 H&M Commercial with Kimiko Glenn.
September 12, 2016 WE SO HAPA – A MULTICULTURAL CABARET
Alex originally conceived WeSoHapa to bring awareness to and showcase multicultural talent. On Monday, September 12, 2016, the Triad NYC will host the first We So Hapa – A multicultural Cabaret, at 8:30pm in NYC. This event will feature professional musical theater artists of mixed backgrounds. To help support diversity and this project visit We So Hapa
May 16 – June 27, 2016 THE PRIDE PROJECT
Accidental Pictures is proud to introduce an online poetry miniseries entitled THE PRIDE PROJECT. They will release seven poems every Monday for seven consecutive weeks from May 16th- June 27th, 2016 on Facebook and YouTube. These poems, written by Timothy Ware (Broadway’s KINKY BOOTS) will be performed by 10 American actors of African, Latin, Asian, and European descent. Alex will be one of the actors performing, so be sure and check it out each week.
March 9, 2016 THE COOLER WITH REBECCA BERMAN
Alex was a guest on The Cooler With Rebecca Berman. Watch Alex’s interview on YouTube.
February 10,2016 JULIO AND DOCTOR CHAN SHOW
Be sure and listen in tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST, 6:30 p.m. PST, when Alex will be featured on The Julio and Doctor Chan Show.
February 6, 2016 SWIRL NATION
The year is starting out right for Alex who is featured on Swirl Nation! Check out this blog for the story and photos.
January 30, 2016 AIRE ATLANTA
Alex is thrilled to be featured on the cover and in the Actor Spotlight of Aire Atlanta. Be sure to check out!
November 9 & 10, 2015 A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE
New Yorker’s come see Alex perform in a staged reading of A Taste of Chocolate, presented by AMAS Musical Theatre and the AMAS Musical Theatre Lab. A Taste of Chocolate is a new musical with book, music and lyrics by Timothy Ware. Directed by Dan Knechtges (Lysistrata Jones) with Musical Direction by Dionne McClain-Freeney, the readings will be held on Monday, November 9th at 4pm and Tuesday, November 10th at 2pm at The Pit Loft (154 West 29th Street – between 6th & 7th.
The readings are free, but seating is very limited so you must RSVP at AMAS or by calling 212-563-2565.
October 5, 2015 PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
Alex will be performing in PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE in New York City at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts! This one night only benefit gala will be supervised by directors Baayork Lee and Richard Jay-Alexander along with a cast of over 100 with direction and choreography by Broadway friends and supporters including Lee Roy Reams & Margo Sappington. Musical supervision by Broadway Musical Director Kevin Stites, costume design by Jimm Halliday…& SO MUCH MORE…Tickets are $35-$100 (VIP tickets at $250 include post show party) and are available for purchase online or by phone at (212) 998-4941.
For further information please visit NAAProject
September 2, 2015 UNBEAUTIFUL FASHION SHOW
Come support a good cause and see Alex model at the end of Summer fundraiser for The Unbeautiful Foundation, 501c3 a non-profit organization that assist teens and young adults suffering from eating disorders, depression , bullying and other illnesses based on societies pressures on looking a certain way to be considered beautiful.
The event will include guest speakers, and a fashion show featuring Petite models, which Alex will be one of, to launch New York Fashion Week which will be covered by Poyzen TV and aired on local New York cable channels.
The event will be held at Katra located at 217 Bowery New York, NY with Limited Free Tickets available at: Unbeautiful Foundation
March 20, 2015 DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS TO STAGE THE KING & I
Come to Siam where Alex will be performing in The King & I at Dallas Summer Musicals from March 20 – April 5, 2015. The production directed by Glenn Casale, choreographed by Bob Richard and starring Rachel York, will be a fresh take on this timeless classic. For more information and tickets go to Dallas Summer Musicals.
November 1, 2014 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Alex will be returning to Whoville where she will recreate the role of Gymslip Who at The Chicago Theatre in Chicago from November 20th to November 29th. The Whos then move to Madison Square Garden from December 5th through December 28th. Join the Grinch as he finds there’s more to Christmas than he expected as this record-breaking Broadway production returns to New York! For ticket info go to The Theater at MSG.
May 13, 2014 THE 300TH SHOWCASE EXTRAVAGANZA
Alex will be performing at Don’t Tell Mama’s in Seth Bisen-Hersh’s THE 300TH SHOWCASE EXTRAVAGANZA. Call for reservations after 4:00 212-757-0788 or online at donttellmamanyc.com.
March 31, 2014 TYPED OUT AT THE UNDERGROUND
Come see Alex at The Underground NYC on April 7, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. Casting directors consistently say how important it is to “know your type.” For one night, we’re going against it. Come to the Underground Lounge for a drink and some laughs as you watch NYC performers tackle their favorite typed-out songs. Come before the show and you’ll be able to join us as we watch “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on TV!
Tickets: $10 at the door (Cash only)
The venue is located at 955 W End Ave, New York, NY 10025. For more info call: (212) 531-4759.
October 10, 2013 BUBBLE BOY THE MUSICAL
Alex has been cast in “Bubble Boy,” the world premiere of a musical comedy by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, the writers of the films “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”, “Despicable Me,” and “Despicable Me 2” about the romantic troubles of a teenager born without an immune system. For ticket information go to American Theater Group.
June 23, 2013 RICHARD SKIPPER CELEBRATES
Richard Skipper, a multi-award winning entertainer and writer, who focuses on Artists and their body of “Worth” and what makes a great UNIQUE entertainer, has written a wonderful article about Alex. Check it out at Richard Skipper’s Blog Spot.
May 6, 2013 HELLO, DOLLY!
Director Lee Roy Reams (director of the 1995 Carol Channing Broadway revival), choreographer Randy Slovacek, musical director Kevin Farrell, and NAAP founders Baayork Lee, Steven Eng, and Nina Zoie Lam will be putting up a production in full costume and staging at the new Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center on 42nd Street for two nights only. Alex has been cast in the role of “Minnie Fay”.
April 12, 2013 AT&T COMMERCIAL
Today Alex shot a commercial for AT&T where she played a skydiver. Watch for it to air soon!
December 2012 HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS
Alex was very happy to have returned to Whoville, where she last resided at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Alex played the role of Gymslip Who at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston from November 29th to December 3rd and then moved to Madison Square Garden from December 11th through December 30th. What a wonderful way to spend the holiday season!
August 2012 UNDERSTANDING ARTICHOKES
A staged reading of Understanding Artichokes, written by Maria Tucci and Mary Tannen will be performed on Thursday, August 2nd at 2 p.m. for the Berkshire Theatre Festival Friday series. Alex will be playing the role of Margaret in this 3 person show along with Tony award nominee Maria Tucci.
April 2012 A CHORUS LINE
The cast has been announced for the 2012 Bershire Theatre Festival production of A Chorus Line. Alex will be playing the role of Connie. The show runs July 7 – 21.
February 14, 2012 ASCAP/DREAMWORKS MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP
Alex will be performing the role of ‘Snow’ in the new musical “Princesses” for the ASCAP/Dreamworks New Musical Workshop hosted by Stephen Schwartz.
January 24, 2012 COVER OF JUST RELEASED BOOK
Alex is on the cover of book 4 in the Mystyx series by Artist Arthur which was released today. Check out the book at Mesmerize