Zayn Alexander is a New York-based actor and director of Lebanese origin.
Alexander was born and raised in a small town outside of Beirut, Lebanon. He attended college at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Though initially, Alexander hoped to earn a degree in Fine Arts to pursue a career in Theatre and Film, he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
After graduating college, Alexander moved to New York City to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Psychology at Columbia University, where he completed the two-year program. While in New York, Alexander seized the opportunity to pursue his initial passion of performing, enrolling in a Master Acting Class at Penny Templeton Studio and joining The Complete Theatre Company (TCTC). During this time, Alexander booked the lead role in the film "The Defector" directed by Lit Kilpatrick. The film went on to become the official selection at the 2012 Big Apple Film Festival and the 2013 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. Another performance highlight was the lead role in the Educational Theatre of New York’s (ETNY) spring production of "Socrates on Trial." ETNY’s productions are frequently featured in notable press, including the New York Times as they serve to be an educational theatrical platform to New York City schools.
Soon after, Alexander enrolled at the recognized T. Schreiber Studio and the Atlantic Acting School to continue his acting training. During this time, Alexander was offered a lead role in The Complete Theatre Company’s Spring One-Act Festival at the esteemed Richmond Shepard Theatre in New York.
Since this time, Alexander has booked a myriad of film and theater roles including the lead in "Jannah," which was filmed between New York City and Istanbul, Turkey. "Jannah" was directed by Matias Maumus, a filmmaker whose work has screened at the Boğaziçi Film Festival in Istanbul and other notable venues. The film went on to be featured on infobae.com, an online Argentinean live TV channel and other notable Argentinean press. Other films worth mentioning include: "The Circle," which was selected to screen at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival in the Short Film Corner, and "Guarded," which was selected to screen at the 2015 New Filmmakers NY Summer Screening Series and the 2015 Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Additional theatre highlights include the lead in the Between the Seas' production of "Could You Please Look Into the Camera?" Between the Seas is the first and only festival in North America focusing on contemporary Mediterranean performing artists that runs annually in New York City.
Alexander was recently cast in the short film "Like Salt" directed by Darine Hotait whose films have screened at top festivals such as HBO's Outfest. In addition, her films were acquired and broadcasted on Sundance TV, AMC Networks, BBC Channel, and Shorts International. "Like Salt" wrapped its production in the summer of 2017 in New York City.
In August of 2017, Alexander starred and directed the acclaimed short drama "Abroad". The film has already earned him a win for the IndieFEST Film Awards for Best Actor. "Abroad" made its world premiere at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival on February 2, 2018 to a sold-out crowd. SBIFF is a long-respected staple of the international film circuit and is an Oscar-qualifying showcase for American independent cinema alongside many of the best films from every corner of the globe.
Zayn is repped by John Shea, Talent Agent/Head of the Agency at Frontier Booking International.