B i o g r a p h y
X. Alexander Durden is an award winning actor, writer and classical vocalist whose striking persona and “effortlessly brilliant sound” have combined to make him highly desirable to opera, film and theatre audiences as a singing actor.
He has performed in concert around the United States in such distinguished venues as Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre and the historic Spivey Hall. X. Alexander has appeared abroad throughout Canada and the Western North Atlantic region, also adding his name to the rosters of The Atlanta Opera Company, Americolor Opera Company, Capitol City Opera Company, and Michigan Opera Theatre.
Recent film and theatrical credits include Virginia Repertory Theatre's National tour Buffalo Soldier and Red Hook Summer directed by Spike Lee. Favorite roles include Spoony (All American Boys), Henry (Next to Normal), Caliban (Une Tempêt), Seaweed (Hairspray), Chip (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Adam/Noah (Children of Eden).
A chief cornerstone of X. Alexander's artistic inspiration and expression is social justice. Partnering with various nationwide and community organizations throughout the American South, East Coast and Midwestern regions, he has lectured, written plays (For Jordan; M^3: How Far We've Come) and organized events with the primary aim to examine the impacts, benefits and ramifications of our current social climate and lingering social injustice. He has also collaborated with the Harvard University Graduate School of Education to workshop plays surrounding police brutality in the African American community.
As the Presidential Scholar for Music at Morehouse College, X. Alexander made his mark as an active member of the College Glee Club, through various performances in the Atlanta University Center and as first tenor with the College Quartet. He furthered his education at The Boston Conservatory, where he studied also Vocal Performance and contributed to multiple productions and recitals. He most currently resides in the Midwest, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting.