While living in New York City, JOHN ALEC BRIGGS wrote and performed three solo cabaret shows, Six Degrees from Mercer, Six More Degrees from Mercer and Six Degrees from Arlen, all celebrating The Great American Songbook, which were seen in New York as well as on various cruise ships around the world. All three of his shows were selected as “must see shows of the week” by Time Out New York.
Mr. Briggs holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ouachita Baptist University where he studied voice with Mary Worthen, piano with William Trantham, and organ with Russell Hodges. He attended graduate school at Louisiana State University where he studied voice with Martina Arroyo, Robert Grayson, and Sandra Kungle, and organ with Herndon Spillman. He is currently completing graduate studies in Voice Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College. Mr. Briggs also holds a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. His architectural thesis, The Theatre and the City, was completed in residence in Venice, Italy and explored building a modern addition to that city’s historic La Fenice opera house. He is a member of Tau Sigma Delta, architecture’s honor society, and is an Associate in the American Institute of Architects.
Scenic design credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (with John Arnone), Broadway; Jekyll & Hyde (with Robin Phillips and James Noone), Broadway and First National Tour (winner– 1997 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Set Design of a Musical); Of Mice and Men, Lizzie Borden and Rex (with John Conklin), New York City Opera; and Debbie Allen’s Brothers of the Knight (with Ray Klausen), The Kennedy Center. Television production credits include Gala for the President at Ford’s Theatre, The Daytime Emmy Awards and The Miss America Pageant (all with Ray Klausen).
Since 2011 Mr. Briggs has served on the faculty at Ouachita, where he is a Lecturer in Music, teaching applied voice, co-directing OBU Opera, and directing OBU Handbells. He is also Choirmaster & Organist at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.