On the Couch with Craig Alexander

Craig Alexander AAR On the CouchWho is Craig Alexander?
I’m an actor, writer, film and theatre maker, a father of four, a motorcycle enthusiast, gamer, somewhat-regular meditator, progressive callisthenics practitioner, Wing Chun Kung Fu student, not very successful organic vegetable grower, often house-husband, Connoisseur vanilla ice-cream addict and I occasionally find the time to sleep…

What would you do differently from what you do now?
I don’t think I would do anything differently. I have tried other careers, dabbled in stable employment, but it wasn’t for me. I’m lucky enough to be doing what I love and although it’s exhausting and stressful and heartbreaking at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Who inspires you and why?
Great storytellers. Whether they be telling stories on stage, on screen or on the written page. They drive me to tell one more story. Try one time. Fail one more audition…

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Eat the rich? I don’t know, I’m not sure. I think stories have the power to change the world and so I guess I’ll just keep telling them.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My couch. A good video game and absolutely nothing to do for a couple of days. I’m the definition of an introvert, in that I definitely need alone time to recharge – and with four kids and a career in front of people, that’s hard to get sometimes.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Street Theatre – go indulge in some of the amazing artists Canberra has to offer.

What are you currently reading?
My lines for St Nicholas. Over and over and over and over and over…

What are you currently listening to?
Rage Against The Machine – they appeal to the anarchist in me…

Happiness is?
Being lost in a great story.

What does the future hold for you?
Hopefully, a gig… or two… or ten…

Craig stars in Connor McPherson’s St Nicholas in a live-streamed performance from Canberra’s The Street Theatre: 5 – 7 June 2020. For more information, visit: www.thestreet.org.au or www.saintnicholas.com.au for details.

Image: Craig Alexander – photo by Shelly Higgs / Novel Photographic

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