(He/Him/His) Alex Portenko is a professional actor and photographer in the greater Boston area. After emigrating from Uzbekistan at the turn of the millennium, he received his BFA in theatre arts with a concentration in performance from Salem State University. Directing credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Stage Directions, Laundry and Bourbon, and The Spotted Man. He has served as an assistant director for The Lyric First Stage program and assistant director/choreographer at Brookline High School on productions of Midsummer's Night Dream, Joseph, Much Ado About Nothing, Me and My Girl and King Lear. He has also acted in numerous Shakespeare plays including; Much Ado, Two Gentlemen of Verona, As You Like it, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. His recent professional acting credits include The Merry Widow (The Boston Lyric Opera), O Happy Port! and Six Degrees of Separation (Bad Habit Productions) and The Normal Heart (Salem Theatre Company) and he will be next appearing in the New England premiere of The Totalitarians (Gloucester Stage Co.). Alex was nominated twice for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship at K.C.A.C.T.F. and won the N.E.T.C. Best Partner Award for his portrayal of Romeo. He was a regional finalist for the S.D.C. Fellowship for his direction of Clybourne Park and received merit awards for his work as playwright and assistant director on The Hero Project based on the life of Joan of Arc. He was the recipient of Salem State’s Creativity Award, the university’s highest honor in the arts, for his contributions to the theatre department. Alex’s work as a photographer has been published by companies such as the Commonwealth Shakespeare Co, The Lyric Stage of Boston, The Salem Gazette, and the Salem Theatre Company.