The Director

Alex Preston is a dancer, choreographer and filmmaker from Atlanta, Georgia. Born as the son of dance instructor Candess Sellers, Alex began dancing at the age of 3 years old, and performed his first dance solo at the age of 5. Alex grew up at his mother's dance studio Dawson Dance Centre in Dawsonville, Georgia, where he trained in all dance disciplines. He became proficient as a competitive dancer throughout his childhood, winning numerous awards and titles as a soloist and as an ensemble dancer.

Alex attended Manchester High School from 2005 to 2009. At MHS, Alex excelled in academics, earning a perfect math score on the Georgia High School Graduation Exam, and tying with a classmate for the highest score in language arts. In 2008, Alex began working his first job as an Editor at the local television station in Manchester, GA. At his high school graduation, Alex earned a Fine Arts distinction on his diploma for his involvement in MHS dramatic arts programs.

In the fall of 2009, Alex began his undergraduate education at Mercer University, where he double-majored in Media Studies and Theatre Arts. At Mercer, Alex was heavily involved in extra-curricular organizations. He was the President of the campus television station MERCER99 for three years. Under his leadership, the organization earned two Student Leadership Awards from the university, Most Improved Student Organization in 2011 and Student Organization of the Year in 2012. Alex was an instructor for Mercer Dance Revolution, a dance appreciation organization at Mercer. He was a contributor to The Cluster, the campus newspaper at Mercer. Alex was a longstanding member and Interim President for the Society of Collegiate Journalists Mercer Chapter. Alex was a member of Mercer Players, the dramatic arts club.

In 2010, Alex auditioned for the role of Mercer University mascot Toby Bear. After a short trial period playing Toby's counterpart Tot Bear, Alex became Toby himself and was affectionately referred to as "The Dancing Toby." During his time as mascot, Alex choreographed and performed original dance routines at Men's and Women's season basketball halftime shows for three years running. In 2011, he received a First Place competitive mascot qualification ranking from the National Cheerleaders Association. He won Third Place in the NCA national mascot competition in Daytona, Florida the same year. Alex performed as Toby Bear live onstage with Christian alternative rock band Switchfoot at Bearstock 2013. Following his success as Toby Bear, Alex was employed by Mercer University Athletics to produce choreography for the inaugural season of the Mercer University Dance Team.

Alex graduated from Mercer University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and Theatre Arts. After his graduation, Alex was invited by Mercer University Athletics to perform at the halftime show of the legendary 2014 NCAA March Madness Mercer-Duke upset game at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Through the years, Alex has auditioned for talent competitions such as Star Search, America's Got Talent, and So You Think You Can Dance. He was briefly an Emcee for Platinum National Dance Competition. Alex's love of dance always keeps him in the studio. He continues to write guest choreography for dance studios across the southeast.

In 2014, Alex began working at Orbit Arts Academy as a dance instructor and marketing coordinator, affording him opportunities to interview and network with some of Broadway's most prominent stars, including Kristin Chenoweth, Capathia Jenkins, Shoshana Bean, Laura Bell Bundy, Ben Cameron, Sarah Charles Lewis, Alice Ripley, Corey Cott, Laura Osnes, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Judine Somerville, Ryann Redmond, Kyle Dean Massey, Paige Davis, Lisa Howard, Nikki Snelson, and Tyler Hanes, among others. In 2015, Alex performed with the national touring cast of Wicked The Musical in their benefit cabaret Witches' Night Off, featuring original Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Holliday.

In January of 2016, Alex resumed his education, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production at Savannah College of Art & Design. During his time at SCAD, Alex has had several of his short films and music videos selected to screen at film festivals in the United States and abroad. His most recent awards include a Jury Award for his short film Bully at the 2017 WonderRoot Film Series, and the Dean's Award at SCAD's 2017 Film & Television Showcase for his music video Good Girl Winnie Foster. This project was also selected for inclusion in the VIP "swag bags" at the 2017 Savannah Film Festival, which was attended by Richard Gere, Holly Hunter, Robert Pattinson, Sir Patrick Stewart and acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.

Alex's current film project in development is Gretel and Hansel: A New Musical, a short film adapted from The Grimm Brothers' classic fairytale. With music and lyrics written by Brad Bass and Cari Joy, and screenplay by Alex Preston, Gretel and Hansel is scheduled for a release in 2019. "When impoverished, 13-year-old Gretel learns her stepmom is a witch, she must join her skeptical brother Hansel on a quest to the Millhouse to uncover the mysterious truth about their family." For more information on this project, visit www.GretelAndHanselMusical.com.