Alex Kerns goes technical at the Palace Theater
Alex Kerns is young. He is multi-talented. And he is focused.
“When I was a kid, I listened to music that my dad would load for me on an iPod,” Kerns recalls. “Mostly 80s. I always wondered how these songs were recorded, and I fell in love with the audio. I wanted to record my favorite artists in the studio, where I could meet them and help them capture the sounds that ‘they imagine. Until now, I had never really considered how much the world of theater was related to audio and production.
Today, Kerns is the technical director of the Marion Palace Theatre.
“Having some experience in theater productions,” he continued, “I now realize that the studio is not the place to work with my favorite artists, but rather for live sound, at concerts and tours with these artists. Being in charge of live production showed me how rewarding it can be to work with established performers and artists.
Kerns, 23, grew up in Westerville, graduated from Oakstone Academy, then Capital University with a degree in music technology.
“High school was my introduction to acting and fine arts,” he said. “I’ve done a few plays and musicals and worked with the stage crew for a few others. It was fun to be a part of it all, but I always found myself more interested in producing sound and lighting.
“Before coming to the Palace, I had several different jobs that didn’t really match the skills,” Kerns noted. “I grew up with a family of teachers and education workers, which naturally led me to work in a kindergarten. For a time as a teacher’s aide with a hint of But in the middle of high school, as I was walking around Westerville handing out my resume to local stores and businesses, I decided to stop by a watch store that I had always seen but never recognized. Long story short, I became a watchmaker’s apprentice and learned how to clean and repair mechanical clocks like the big one in the corner of your grandfather’s dining room. has nothing to do with theatre, but I really enjoyed everything I learned in these professions.
Kerns arrived at the Palace in February 2022. As Technical Director, he is in charge of “lights, sound, projection, rigging, falls, electricity and everything on stage for our productions”.
“Alex is a hard worker with an eye for detail,” said Kitty Rassmussen, events coordinator at the Marion Palace Theatre. “He is a great addition to our staff!”
“Audio is my passion,” Kerns replied, “but I like to learn new things. For that reason, this position was very attractive because I would be leading sound, which I specialize in, but I would also learn how to doing new things like lighting, pin rail, projection etc. such awesome equipment is the reason i do this job i really enjoy it.
“Every day, I am grateful for how far I have come in my life,” he concluded. “There aren’t many people who can say they had such a big career at my age, and I never take that for granted. I have made efforts and taken careful and intentional steps to be where I am now, but I plan to go even further. My aspirations are high and I am determined to become better at what I do.
Marion Palace Theater is located at 276 W. Center St. in Marion. For more information, call 740-383-2101 or log in marionpalace.org.
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