Alexis Clements is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY, where she co-founded a queer writing group and publisher, Private Commission. An alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, she has been awarded a Dramatists Guild of America fellowship, two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants, a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, the Source Theatre’s Washington Theatre Festival Literary Prize, and she has been a resident at the Millay Colony. She is also founder of the multi-disciplinary arts project New Acquisition, which produced projects from 2007-2010.
Her creative work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK. Selected productions include: The Elephant in the Room (LaBute New Theater Festival, St. Louis, MO), Conversation (Fringe Festival: Philadelphia, PA); Enough! (Highline Park: New York, NY); Place ReImagined (Women’s Project & River-to-River Festival: New York, NY); Dance Away Your Debt (FIGMENT Festival: Governors Island, NY & Dance Parade: New York, NY); Spitting Against the Wind (Brooklyn Arts Exchange: Brooklyn, NY & Dixon Place: New York, NY); Your Own Personal Apocalypse (One Million Forgotten Moments Project: New York, NY & Chashama: New York, NY); Causality (Towngate Theater: Wheeling, WV); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Scotland, UK); Three Choices (Pomegranate Theatre: Chesterfield, UK); and Pieces (Riverside Theatre: Iowa City, IA).
She served as a fellow at the Cultural Strategies Initiative, and also as a co-editor of Women in Theatre Magazine Online, published by the League of Professional Theatre Women. In 2010, she co-edited the two-volume anthology of plays, Out of Time & Place, which includes her performance piece, Conversation. Her plays, Pieces and Three Choices, have been published by KNOCK. She has also written and published a selection of short stories which have appeared in literary magazines and collections, including The Guardian and two different anthologies published by Route (UK), Bonne Route and Ideas Above Our Station.
Her articles, essays, and interviews have appeared in publications such as The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Bitch Magazine, American Theatre, The Brooklyn Rail, Two Serious Ladies, Sinister Wisdom, Autostraddle, The L Magazine, and Nature. She is a regular contributor to Hyperallergic.
Alexis has led a handful of workshops and moderated panels focused on labor issues within the arts, as well as arts writing. In addition, she has been an invited speaker at Harvard University, the Flux Factory (New York City), and the Playwrights Forum (Washington, DC), among other places.
Alexis currently serves on the Executive Board of CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies. She has also volunteered with a handful of organizations including the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, and University Settlement’s Older Adults Program .
All the work I do is aimed at supporting and engaging the arts and sciences as a means of demonstrating, accessing, and claiming human rights for all people.