March 30, 2023 - April 27, 2023 (5 sessions)
ThursdayS, 6:30 - 8:00PM ET
Johns Hopkins Odyssey

Finding the Funny:


Humor Writing and Performance

Life is difficult, but it’s better when you can laugh about it.

Comedy is tragedy plus time. Students will write, workshop, and present a 5-10 minute comedic monologue inspired by their real life experiences. Works and performances from funny people from Mark Twain, Richard Prior to Hannah Gatsby, among others will be explored. Classes will meet on Zoom except for the final class which will consist of a live presentation/performance.


Why Learn from Alex?

I have the Passion - and the background 

University of Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
MFA Creative Writing and Publishing Arts, 2022

Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland
MS Counseling Psychology, 1995

Georgian Court University, Lakewood, New Jersey
BA Psychology, 1992

Education background

worked with and trusted by

Lecturer, Fall 2016 - Present

Johns Hopkins University, Odyssey Program

Presenting workshop entitled: “Creative Power: Techniques for Finding the Authentic Artist Within.”
This interactive workshop, inspired by Julia Cameron’s “The Artist's Way.” Discovering creativity through writing, self-exploration and a guided encounter with the student’s imagination. This course is a combination of lecture and creative clusters (interactive experience with the group).

Producer/Storyteller/Host. 2015 - Present

Mortified Baltimore/DC

Storytelling stage show that features adults sharing their childhood archives such as
diaries/poetry/art/media in front of total strangers. Duties include scheduling and conducting screening sessions for potential participants, casting, curating and editing stories, coordinating rehearsals, producing, marketing and hosting live shows.

Lecturer, November 2015

Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Presented workshop entitled “Finding the Authentic Artist” based on the teachings of Julia
Cameron incorporating relaxation exercises, writing and improv to explore one’s creative potential.

Theatre Teaching Artist, January 2014 - Present

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Baltimore, Maryland

Teaching artist working with Veterans of the United States armed forces. Exploring acting techniques and scene study and performance of the works of William Shakespeare.

Theatre Teacher, Summer Program, June 2012 - Present

The New Century School, Baltimore, Maryland

Full and half-day summer camp focusing on voice, movement, improv, and storytelling.
Kindergarten through eighth grade.

Psychotherapist, May 1995-June 1997, May 2005-October 2014

Aaron Noonberg, Ph.D. Private Clinical Practice, Towson, Maryland

Conduct therapy sessions for adults and children in a private clinical psychology practice. Focus
on chronic pain and PTSD treatment through biofeedback and relaxation techniques.

Theatre Teaching Artist, September 2007 - 2018

Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Towson, Maryland

Conduct Classes that introduce relaxation techniques, voice and movement exercises,
improvisation creative writing and script analysis in the geriatric inpatient unit, child/adolescent
day program and day program for adults with schizophrenia.