Alan Inkles has been the Director of Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University for the past 17 years and the Founder/Director of The Stony Brook Film Festival for the past twenty years. Mr. Inkles is recognized for bringing an exceptional live performance season to the Staller Center. A wealth of cultural opportunities for campus and community include family and popular entertainment, classics in music, dance and theatre, a mix of foreign, art and popular movies during the fall and spring semester, and fine art exhibitions in Staller Center’s Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery.
As founder and director of The Stony Brook Film Festival, Mr. Inkles has cultivated a popular summer program that premieres the best in new independent films from around the world. Actors and filmmakers take part in the Festival to introduce their films. Each year, 15,000 tickets are sold to film lovers attending this popular event, which has hosted Christopher Plummer, Mary Stuart Masterson, Elizabeth Ashley, Tim Blake Nelson and Ray Wise, among many others.
Prior to serving as the Director, Alan served in various capacities at Staller including Acting Director, Managing Director and Director of Production. During his tenure at Staller, he founded and created the award-winning and long-running International Theatre Festival, introducing dozens of International Theatre Troupes to America and producing many first American tours for these internationally-renowned companies.
Mr. Inkles earned his BA and MA in Theatre Arts (acting and directing) from Stony Brook University (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude) and has been the recipient of many University, community and national awards including The President’s Award, The Chancellor’s Award for Service, The Three Village’s “Man of the Year in the Arts” (twice in 1987 and 1997) and The Long Island Television and Film Foundation’s “Honor for Excellence and Contribution to Film”.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Inkles is a native of the area, growing up in Port Jefferson Station and attending school in the Comeswogue School District. He alternated his school days with athletics and acting, and was proud to be a part of the Acting Team at Theatre Three in the early 80s. Mr. Inkles currently lives in Port Jefferson Station with his family.