Litvak was born in Santiago, Chile in 1965 and came to the United States at the age of five. He grew up in Riverdale and New City, New York. During his childhood, Litvak went by his middle name
, “Alex.” Litvak attended Harvard College, where he lettered on the heavyweight rowing team
and graduated with honors. Litvak then attended NYU Law School. During his time at NYU, Litvak began tapping into his creative side, writing a novel and mounting a series of multimedia performance art pieces in the East Village. He earned his JD degree and passed the New York State Bar Exam, then accepted a position as a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Skadden Arps
while continuing his writing. After two years, he left the practice of law to enroll in the graduate Directors’ Program at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.