I grew up in New York City surrounded by theater. Early on, I saw the original Broadway production of Into the Woods and watched, spellbound, as my childhood heroine of Cinderella took life right before my eyes.
It came as no surprise when I announced to my parents that I was going to be an actress. I was quickly enrolled in classes at HB Studio. I was delighted to go each Saturday morning to the basement studio and improvise for two hours, pretending I was any number of people. Soon, I made my Off-Off-Broadway debut in St. George and the Dragon at Christmastide at the HB Playwrights Foundation, playing a gnome. A few months later, I was working off-Broadway, playing Herman Goering’s daughter in Romulus Linney’s 2: Goering at Nuremberg.
After graduating from Pomona College and studying internationally, at the École Internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, I’m back in New York City.
Already working regularly in the New York theater scene, I’m excited to work regionally and then head to the Great White Way, stopping along the way to pursue some film and TV work, all the time playing women obsessed with fame and fortune – either escaping or pursuing it. This includes rags to riches, riches to rags and everything in between. My dream roles include The Little Dog Laughed’s Ellen, Gone with the Wind’s Scarlett O’Hara, Maggie the Cat, Antigone, Juliet and, of course, my beloved Cinderella.
Thanks for joining me on this journey!
I am a rare unicorn: a born and bred Manhattanite! I began acting at 9-years-old and have been doing so ever since. I’m also fluent in French and translate between English and French. I’ve studied here in New York, at Pomona College in Claremont, CA and internationally at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
I play characters who stand out, chasing after fame, fortune or infamy. I do a mix of modern and classical theater, film, TV, and voiceover. Thanks for stopping by!
Let’s Kill Grandpa this Christmas, a dark comedy in which I play a gender fluid administrative assistant, written and directed by Brian Gianci, had its NYC premiere at Anthology Film Archives‘ New Filmmakers series in December 2017. Stay tuned for more news.
Basement, in which I starred as a French farm girl, just closed at the Gene Frankel Theatre. “With her quirky manner, wide eyes, lithe physicality and flowing, curly hair, Alexandra Cohler is captivating as Katrine. Ms. Cohler melodious voice achieves all of the humor and pathos possible in the part, as she speaks in French and heavily accented English.”
Read the rest of this great review here!
|HAIR: Red||HEIGHT: 5'6"|
|EYES: Hazel||WEIGHT: 120 lbs.|
|KING LEAR||Cordelia/LEAD||VAN GOGH PRODUCTIONS
Dir. Alexander Barnett
|REMEMBER ME?||LEAD||RAPIER WIT FILMS/Dir. Cecily Mihok|
|LOST IN CONEY ISLAND|
*(Best Film, Coney Island Film Festival)
|SMALL SUPPORTING||DIAMOND MINDS FILMS
Dir. Eric Rivas
|NEW YORK BLOOD||SUPPORTING||ROOFTOP PRODS./Dir. Nick Oddo|
|HER SKELETONS||SMALL SUPPORTING||LIVE AND WORK PRODS./Dir. Mike Trax|
|SESAME STREET||GUEST STAR||PBS|
|THE SO DAMN FUNNY SHOW||GUEST STAR||WEB SERIES/Dir. Addison Lemay|
|2 by Romulus Linney||Goering’s Daughter/SM. SUPP.||PRIMARY STAGES, NYC
Dir. Thomas Bullard
|THE FAMILY SHAKESPEARE|
(author, David Stallings)
|Dorcas/SUPPORTING||MANHATTAN THR. WORKS
Dir. Antonio Miñino
|MORE||Linn/SUPPORTING||THEATER FOR A NEW CITY/Dir. Joan Kane|
|YOUTH INK! (Reading)||Various/LEAD||McCARTER THEATER, PRINCETON,
NJ/Dir. Emily Mann
|ROMEO AND JULIET||Peter/SUPPORTING||HUDSON SHAKESPEARE CO./Dir. Tony White|
|THE BELLE’S STRATAGEM||Villers/SUPPORTING||NEW YORK STAGE & FILM
Dir. Davis McCallum
|VENUS IN FUR||Vanda/LEAD||EASTHAMPTON GUILD HALL/Dir. Tina Andrews|
|WRITING OTHELLO||Iago/LEAD||DARK LADY PLAYERS, NYC
Dir. Jenny Greeman
|HAMLET’S APOCALYPSE||Hamlet/LEAD||DARK LADY PLAYERS, NYC
Dir. Jenny Greeman
|BUCKINGHAM||Lady Sarah Lennox/SUPPORTING||SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER/Dir. Tina Andrews|
|RECOVERY||Lucille/SUPPORTING||MINNESOTA FRINGE FEST.
Dir. Glory Kadigan
|THE MISTRESS OF MONTICELLO|
(Staged Reading, World Premiere)
|Patsy Jefferson/LEAD||SOUTHAMPTON CULTURAL CENTER/Dir. Tina Andrews|
|AFTER TARTUFFE (Staged Reading)||Mary Anne/LEAD||MANHATTAN THR. WORKS/Dir. Tom Slot|
|BA, cum laude, Theater and French, Pomona College, Claremont, CA|
Graduate 1-year program, Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France
RADA Summer Shakespeare Program, London, England; New York Stage and Film Apprentice Program, Poughkeepsie, NY; William Esper Summer Program, NYC
|ACTING||Patrick Quagliano, Greg de Polnay, John Dapolito, Roni Dengal|
|IMPROV:||Carol Davis, Ann McCormack, Trudy Steibl|
|COMMERCIALS:||Rebecca Yarsin, Shirley Sender|
|VOICE:||Susan Patrick (Linklater)|
|SINGING:||Billy Porter, Ron Shetler, Patrick Wickham, Virginia Gibson, Bob Goldstone|
|MOVEMENT:||Dewi Mathews, Tom Leabhart, Leonard Pronko, Jos Houben|
|Fluent French; DIALECTS: French, British RP, Cockney, Southern US, NYC, Irish; Horseback Riding; Swimming; Jewish folk dancing; Intermediate piano; Advanced Recorder; Singing (Legit Mezzo-Soprano); Reads Sheet Music; Embroidery; Cooking; Maskwork; Clowning; NY Driver’s license; US Passport|