Alexandra Lean

Alexandra Lean is a writer of scripts and songs. She is very passionate about all kinds of writing: plays, screenplays, songs, short stories, speeches, and so on. However, if Alex were to be held at gunpoint and in that very moment was forced choose her allegiance she would shout out: “Musicals! I like writing musicals!”

In 2017, Alexandra has plans to produce a staged reading of the musical she has been working for awhile called Mimi and the Music. Mimi Maya Clemens (20) has won an opportunity to go on a TV talk show that promises to fix her of her anxiety disorder. The staged reading will take place on April 23rd -at 7pm at The Alumnae Theatre Studio space. Come one, come all.

In 2016, Alexandra worked on these plays, scripts and musicals: Character Assassination: A Writer's Guide to Killing Your Literary Babies, The Diary of Mercy Bridgewood, Witch, Pet Project, My Crazy Cat Lady and Violet Love - Greatest Hits.

Alex completed The Fundamentals of Songwriting course at theToronto Songwriting School taught by Murray Foster (Great Big Sea, Moxy Fruvous) and continues to attend the Master Class. Her current piano, music theory and composition teacher is Anita Beaty. Alex’s songwriting process consists of conceptualizing the song, composing the melody and then finishing the song with a more accomplished pianist or guitarist.

Alexandra and Murray Foster wrote a song together called Astronaut.  Hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WqQcuD-Cio

In 2013, Alex wrote and produced her first 90-minute musical, Nobody’s Idol, at the Toronto Fringe Festival. The musical is about the lengths people will go for the allure of fame.  Nobody's Idol has been completely rewritten and is now called Let's Get Real with Ty-Real and is about 

My Improvised Life

In 2015, Alex went back to Chicago for one more improv intensive this time at The Annoyance Theatre run by Mick Napier.

In 2008/9, she studied the art of longform improvisation at i.O. Chicago and Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. From there she improvised with Toronto’s Impatient Theatre Co. and had a fabulous time as part of the Harold team Nakatomi Protocol. For 2 years, this team performed regularly in Toronto and at festival like NYC’s Del Close Marathon, North Carolina’s Comedy Arts Festival and Atlanta’s Combustion Festival. She was an intern in the offices at Second City. She participated in the conservatory at The Second City Training Centre in Toronto. Alex went on to become managing director of an improv theatre venture that brought Toronto its first taste of acclaimed improvisers TJ Jagadowsky and David Pasquesi, otherwise known as TJ & Dave.

My Academia

Alexandra Lean has an undergraduate degree from Brock University in Theatre. During that time she was President of the student-run organization Brock Improv. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of the F. Janet Dolman Prize for Excellence in Playwriting. Alex earned a post-graduate certificate from Humber College in Television: Writing and Producing.

Awards

Award Category Year Play
F. Janet Dolman Prize For Excellence in Playwrighting Brock University 2007
F. Janet Dolman Prize For Excellence in Playwrighting Brock University 2007