ALEXIS GREENE Photo: Anita Shevett

EMILY MANN. Photo: Catherine Cole for the LA Times


Alexis Greene lives in New York City, where she has written or edited more than 10 books and numerous articles about the performing arts and about women.

Currently Alexis is working on a biography of the extraordinary playwright and director Emily Mann, who for 25 years has also been the artistic leader of the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey. The biography is to be published by Southern Illinois University Press.

American Theatre magazine's July/​August 2015 issue featured Emily Mann on the cover and Greene's article about Mann's quarter-century at the McCarter. Please click on "books & articles" to read this piece about a major artist in the American theater.

The January 2015 issue of American Theatre published Greene's article "Women Against Violence Against Women" (go to Books and Articles) about the Colombian theater artist Patricia Ariza and the Bond Street Theatre, a New York City-based group that brings theater to refugees and needy communities all over the world. Both Ariza and Bond Street are committed to using theater to counteract violence against women.

Alexis's books include the biography of legendary Off-Broadway producer Lucille Lortel, "Lucille Lortel: The Queen of Off-Broadway" (Limelight); "Women Writing Plays: Three Decades of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize" (University of Texas Press); "Women Who Write Plays: Interviews with American Dramatists" (Smith & Kraus); and "The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway," with Julie Taymor (Hyperion).

Recently Alexis edited Yvette Heyliger's terrific collection of plays, "What a Piece of Work Is Man! Full-Length Plays for Leading Women," soon to be published through iUniverse. Alexis is also trying her hand at true crime, specifically stories of three murders--one a cold case--that took place in upstate New York early in the twentieth century.

In 2009, Alexis took a detour from arts journalism to head public relations for the Community Environmental Center, the parent company of Build It Green and Solar One in New York City. And she followed that by working at the Council of Senior Centers and Services, helping New Yorkers apply for food benefits.

Prior to that, Alexis was Chief Theater Critic for TheaterWeek Magazine and InTheater Magazine; received her Ph.D. in Theater at the CUNY Graduate Center and taught theater at New York University. She was also co-founder and first president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Alexis is a member of PEN, The Authors Guild, the Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA), and the League of Professional Theatre Women. In 2005, Alexis received the Special Achievement Award from the Ph.D. Alumnae/​i Association of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

She is married to Dr. Gordon R. Hough, and when they are not in New York City they are relishing the hills and pines of upstate New York, where Alexis grows a vegetable garden and cooks up a storm.