I'm Allison, a theatre director and dramaturg. Originally from the United States, I moved to London in September of 2023 to study for an MA in Theatre Directing from the University of East London. Before moving, I had the honour to work professionally as a freelance director and literary advisor/dramaturg in Alabama, New York, Florida, Mississippi, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Illinois.
While living in Chicago, I served as Literary Advisor to, and Director of, People You May Know, which was the recipient of the Kennedy Center's 2020 Musical Theatre Award. I was also awarded Best Direction at the 2020 Chicago Musical Theatre Awards for Billy and the Potato Powered Time Machine.
I specialise in crafting dynamic and captivating new works which engage audience debate, push boundaries, and encourage reflection. The stories I like to tell allow audiences to experience something through someone else's eyes. It is my goal to challenge the audience's personal morals, beliefs, and thoughts.
The show I recently directed at Camden People's Theatre, Risk, highlights the challenges faced in a male-female marriage when the female is the breadwinner. It discusses the weight of unpaid household labour, the misogyny in financials and business, and fear around pregnancy that expands further than health concerns. Some people might leave this show offended, others might leave it understanding how societal and gender roles are deeply outdated; no matter what, they will leave the theatre thinking about what they just saw. That is why I love to direct.
As a former literary manager and avid new work supporter, character development and storytelling are at the forefront of my focus. I enjoy working intimately with the playwright and actors to fully realise the world of each play. It is vital to me that playwrights know I respect their voice and vision. Through combining our creative voices, we can work together to bring their vision from the page to the stage.