Meet Alec Cohen as Davey in Newsies!
I grew up in New Jersey about 35 minutes away from New York City. My whole family is from Westchester though! I was always traveling into the city as a kid, one to escape the suburbs and two to get great training.
I think community drew me to become an actor. I always felt most comfortable with people in the arts. From an early age, conversation was easier and I always enjoyed the passion that creatives share. I decided pretty early on that I was going to be an actor and haven’t really stopped training since.
I believe I first found out about Newsies when I heard they were doing it at Papermill. I remember being a not so great dancer at 16 but skipping school to go to the open dancer call and getting cut first round. My mom took my headshot in the backyard. It was humbling!! I got my equity card with the show at Music theater Wichita in Kansas, the summer of 2017.
I like really irreverent shows. Ones with irony and a lot of heart. I love the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. It is not pretending to be anything it’s not and it’s such a celebration of individuality and weirdness. I love that simplicity. On the completely opposite end of the spectrum, I think Cabaret is expertly written and so impactful. It shocks me and touches me every time I see it.
When I’m not performing, I’m doing a lot. I teach dance for students auditioning to be in college programs for musical theater, I do a lot of yoga, see a lot of drag shows and try to get to as many comedy shows as I can. I love living in New York City and really try to take advantage of as much as possible.