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Allison started her career as a performer, working in New York and Regional theater, as well as doing an extensive amount of commercial work. She also worked as a Children’s Guardian on Broadway, serving as an artistic liaison between professional child actors, the creative team and management on 12 Broadway shows. These experiences, along with her knack for comedy, have inspired and informed her directing style.

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Allison received her BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She holds a certificate in directing from the Yale School of Drama, and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). Allison has held leadership positions in management and organization, marketing, college administration and community outreach. She is also the creator and host of Anxiety and the Artist, a podcast that explores the relationship between artists and anxiety.

Born and raised in Southern California, Allison’s heart has always belonged to the East Coast, so that’s where she lives. She and her husband split their time between New York and Boston with their step-dog Oscar.

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I spent a good deal of my childhood directing and starring in my own recreations of I Love Lucy episodes. I was mesmerized by how Lucy could take the absurd and make it believable. At a sleepover one night, I roped my friend Amanda into an attempt to recreate “Pioneer Women”, one of my favorite Lucy episodes. We were eight, and I had this fantastic plan for baking a life-size loaf of bread that would send our audience (my cat) into roaring laughter. We threw a bunch of water, flour and yeast into a bowl, mixed it with our hands and then threw it in the oven. My mother awoke to the smell of burning yeast at midnight and decided she needed to find an outlet for her daughter's ever growing comedic and creative curiosities. I’ve been working to share laughter - and correctly cooked baked goods - ever since.

I tell stories with heart, humor and authenticity. I strive to challenge perspectives and affect change while encouraging tolerance and empathy. I have a strong commitment to diversity in casting and telling the stories of the underrepresented.

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