Alexander Galant's Blog

July 30, 2015

A spotlight has been placed on theatre goers with cellphones.

In recent news we’ve heard of Patti LuPone snatching a rude patron’s phone in the middle of a performance at the Lincoln Centre, how another man jumped onto the stage of Hand to God to charge his phone and about someone texting throughout a performance of Hamiltonon Broadway.

I often go to the theatre and am amazed at how many people check their phones during a performance. The sudden burst of light in a dark theatre is invasive, and...
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Published on July 30, 2015 07:57 • 8 views

July 29, 2015

A spotlight has been placed on theatre goers with cellphones. 
In recent news we’ve heard of Patti LuPone snatching a rude patron’s phone in the middle of a performance at the Lincoln Centre, how another man jumped onto the stage of Hand to God to charge his phone and about someone texting throughout a performance of Hamiltonon Broadway.
I often go to the theatre and am amazed at how many people check their phones during a performance. The sudden burst of light in a dark theatre is invasiv...
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Published on July 29, 2015 20:46 • 10 views

December 16, 2014

It was exactly one year ago that we were hit with an ice storm. That day I walked in the snow to pick up my son from daycare, only to find he had pink-eye. I decided to carry him the three blocks to the nearby walk-in clinic. When I arrived I had trouble breathing and was feeling a tightness in my chest. My speech-delayed son kept asking over and over, “Are you okay? Are you okay?”
The receptionist took his lead and asked me if I was okay, and when I told her what I was experiencing, she quic...
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Published on December 16, 2014 13:56 • 3 views

September 7, 2014

Today several of my friends forwarded an article entitled, The Ripper Unmasked: DNA Identify Britain's Most Notorious Criminal to me and asked what my thoughts were. I have researched the Ripper murders in the past for a number of projects and at first glance my thoughts were skeptical.

After all, there have been many such claims over the years. In 1976 there was the novel Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution, where Stephen Knight accuses Victorian painter Walter Sickert as...
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Published on September 07, 2014 18:35 • 39 views

July 31, 2014

It was exactly one month ago that we posted the video of our daughter Cynthia doing a parody of the 4-Clone Dance party from the season two finale of Orphan Black. I've retold the story behind it enough times that I've decided to blog about it.

Cynthia & Tatiana on the set of Orphan BlackFirst of all I should mention that my daughter, Cynthia Galant is fortunate to have been cast in a small role in the TV series 'Orphan Black'. If you don't know the show, I highly recommend you checking it...
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Published on July 31, 2014 16:32 • 5 views

April 3, 2014



It was 1984 and Michael Jackson was on the top of the charts. The many songs from his 'Thriller' album inspired almost every kid in my high school to attempt some sort of breakdancing. I had even mastered some moves, including MJ's signature 'moonwalk'.

For a noon-hour event, my high school had decided to have a Michael Jackson / Breakdancing Competition. My best friend, Kirk, and I decided to sign up to perform our version of 'Thriller'. We knew most of the zombie dance moves from the infamou...
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Published on April 03, 2014 21:02 • 44 views

March 6, 2014

Toronto celebrates its 180th Birthday and to commemorate it, I thought I'd share a piece of historical trivia.

Some Torontonians may recall seeing many street signs like the one pictured below. The history behind their design goes back to the early days of Toronto, before the invention of the automobile. 
From the very beginning when Toronto was still called 'York' the streets were in a grid running north/south and east/west. 
As anyone coming up from the subway can tell you, it's easy...
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Published on March 06, 2014 17:41 • 8 views

January 7, 2014

Recently I was directing a stage production of "You'll Get Used to It! The War Show" by Peter Colley (a play with music set in World War II) and I wanted to have authentic looking blood for some of the death scenes. The staff at the theatre were concerned with blood staining the stage, and the costumers were protective of the authentic wool WWII uniforms that the actors were wearing.

Fortunately, I used to be a Special Effects artist in my youth and used to make my own blood, blood capsules an...
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Published on January 07, 2014 14:21 • 5 views

November 26, 2013


In 2010, all of my dreams were about to come true.
I was going to have one of my plays presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, I was going to direct my first feature film, there were investors willing to finance several projects over the next five years and we started by optioning the film rights to one of my favorite Broadway musicals. The problem was that none of it was real. Everything was an elaborate scheme by Richard Zampella and Shannon Mulholland, of New York, to con me out of a g...
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Published on November 26, 2013 11:53 • 45 views

In 2010, all of my dreams were about to come true.
I was going to have one of my plays presented at the Lincoln Center in New York, I was going to direct my first feature film, there were investors willing to finance several projects over the next five years and we started by optioning the film rights to one of my favorite Broadway musicals. The problem was that none of it was real. Everything was an elaborate scheme by Richard Zampella and Shannon Mulholland, of New York, to con me out of a g...
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Published on November 26, 2013 11:53 • 36 views