Writing and directing
2023 Queens Arts Fund
2022 NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music & Theatre
2022 George Stoney Fellow at The Flaherty
2021 Bucheon International Film Festival Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) Film School
2019 inaugural Broadway Advocacy Coalition & Columbia University School of Law joint program
Studied pre-medicine & global health at the University of Washington
Spent a month in Lima for a medical internship at 17yo
Year-long research trip around Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Peru; got to know the Eastern Indonesian diaspora from Flores and Timor practicing their priesthood in Mexico and throughout Latin America
Traveled solo for half a year to South Sulawesi, South Sumatra, Central Java, and East Java

Alexandra Kumala tells stories of the untranslatable and the inexpressible. She is a recipient of the 2024 NYSCA Artists Grant, the 2023 Queens Arts Fund, and the 2022 NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music & Theatre. She is one half of the team behind Sugar Nutmeg, the long-form podcast and platform focusing on Southeast Asia, named after the spices whose trade route shaped our world today.

Her films have received support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Queens Council on the Arts. Her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthology books about Southeast Asia, including “A History of Photography in Indonesia,” published by Amsterdam University Press and Afterhours Books, shortlisted for the Historical Book Award at the Book Awards of Les Rencontres d’Arles. Previously, she worked in theatre and translation, both of which influence her writing and filmmaking.

Alexandra spent half her life in Jakarta and half her life in New York City, with stints in Singapore, Seattle, Bellevue, Lima, and London in between. Being a minority in all the places she has ever called home deeply shapes her work as an artist. Today, she makes films and writes essays about untranslatability and the constant shifting of borders, identities, and power dynamics.