Alex Mustakas Profile
Artistic Director and CEO, Drayton Entertainment
1983, BA (Economics)
2004, DLitt (HC)
After honouring the wishes of his immigrant father by earning an undergraduate degree at Laurier, Alex Mustakas was intent on a stable career in the business world. But fate had a different plan, and Mustakas made the life-changing decision to follow his true passion for a career in the performing arts.
After several years of acting and directing experience, Mustakas’ artistic and business interests merged when he pursued a master’s degree in Arts Administration from City University in London, England. In 1990, he made the fortuitous visit to Drayton, Ontario and discovered a humble theatre with unlimited potential.
Drawing on his artistic, business, and community development skills, Mustakas launched Drayton Entertainment and built a theatrical empire in two decades. This $10 million operation is now one of the largest, and most respected, professional theatre companies in Canada. The company operates seven theatres in Ontario, and is one of the country’s leading employers of professional artists.
Debt-free since its inception, Mustakas’ brilliant business plan earned him top honours at the 2008 Ontario Innovation Excellence Awards. His personal and corporate philanthropy have earned many honours, including an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Laurier in 2004, a Man of the Year award from the United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo in 2004, Legacy of Leaders award from the City of Waterloo in 2007, and a Maggie Basset Award for outstanding contribution to live theatre in Ontario in 2009.
Other degrees: MA, City University, London