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Aléna Watters fell in love with musical theatre as a child in the West End. Once her family relocated to the humble suburbs of Colorado Springs, she began training to pursue her blossoming dream of becoming a professional performer. Aléna graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with her BA in Musical Theatre/Acting. Since graduating, she has had the privilege & pleasure of professionally entertaining audiences across the globe. For her success & dedication, Aléna had the honor of being named the youngest recipient of UNCo's 2009 Alumni Association's Creative Achievement Award.
Aléna's Broadway credits include the 2009 revival of West Side Story (Anita standby), The Addams Family (Original Saloon Girl Ancestor, OBC recording), the beloved Tony nominated musical Sister Act (Original Tina/Ensemble- for the entirety of its Broadway run), The Cher Show (Ensemble, u/s Lady & Star- full run), and currently, Mrs. Doubtfire (Flamenco Singer/Ensemble). Off-Broadway her comedic chops were showcased in Boobs! The Musical: The World According To Ruth Wallis, & with the original company of the drama-desk nominated NEWSical. She was a part of the closing cast of the first (inter)national Broadway tour of Pippin (Player, u/s The Leading Player (performed 10 times)). Among her regional credits are the world premiere of The Prom (Olivia Keating u/s Angie/Mrs. Greene, The Alliance Theatre), the world premiere of Ever After (Spanish Queen u/s Rodmilla, PaperMill Playhouse), Brooklyn (Brooklyn/Faith u/s & vocals, Denver Civic Theatre), the world premiere of Turn of The Century (Waitress/Ensemble, Goodman Theatre), Annie (Grace, Little Theatre of the Rockies), numerous productions of Beehive! The 60s Musical (Pattie- John F. Kennedy Center, Foothills Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Temple Theatre), Shout! The Mod Musical (Blue Girl, Ogunquit Playhouse), the world premiere of Fairy Tale Christmas (Medoza, Singing Elf Snow White, Tuacahn Center for the Arts), along with her two favorite roles to shine in thus far, West Side Story (Anita, Harbor Lights Theatre Company), and Chicago (Velma Kelly, The Drury Lane Theatre).
In 2007, Aléna had the privilege of “workin' it out” as one of the fabulous Harlettes (backup singer/dancers) for the 'Divine Miss M' herself, Bette Midler, for a concert at the New York Metropolitan Opera House; she proceeded to do some work on Bette's Las Vegas extravaganza, The Showgirl Must Go On. In 2010 Aléna debuted a solo act, Sass & Fabulousness, at the Laurie Beechman Theatre, which was filmed in part for the critically acclaimed documentary The Standbys (https://thestandbys.com - available on dvd, iTunes and streamed on Stage Network).
Through recent years, Aléna has had fun performing in New York City festival shows such as Mr. Confidential (Francesca, nominated for NYMF Best Musical 2014, Signature Theatre), and the MITF production of Motel Rasdell (Crystal- MITF award for Best Musical 2013, June Havoc Theatre). Other fun projects include Ripfest: Collaborative Film Project (featured in musical short The One That I Want, nominated for Best Short Film in several film festivals), Monday Night New Voices (Duplex/Scott Alan), Rockers On Broadway (Donnie Kehr & Cori Gardner/The PATH Fund), ABC's Live! With Regis & Kelly (dancing in gold spandex for the 'Relly Awards'), MuseMatch 8.0-Achromatic: An Evening of Colorblind Collaboration ("If You Could See" song collaboration with Alexander Sage Oyen, 54 Below) along with numerous industrials, concerts & vocal demos/recordings. Favorite readings include Leap Of Faith, Bonnie & Clyde (Hunter Foster/Rick Crom), Frida, Cutman: a boxing musical, LBS, Underground: An Urban Tale, and Ryan Scott Oliver's Darling (featured on NBC's 2010 The Apprentice: Broadway Backers episode). In 2014, Aléna became a member of the USO Show Troupe, and has been honored to perform around the world to bring joy & lift the spirits of our troops & their families; coming from a military family, this work has a special place in her heart.
Along with her passion for bringing others joy through entertainment (& general joyful silliness), Aléna is a 200hr certified Vinyasa/Hatha yoga instructor (http://YogaSass.com), & has enjoyed teaching & choreographing dance for many years. She is passionate about holistic health and wellness, breathwork, sound healing, cacao ceremonies, somatic therapies, and ecstatic dancing as forms of self-care and healing...you may find her teaching occasional workshops, or collaborating with other practitioners in one or more of these healing modalities. Stay tuned for updates from time to time, and until then...sass, 6, 7, ballchange!