Allyson Currin is an award-winning playwright currently residing in Washington, DC. She is the author of over twenty plays, several of which have been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards*, DC Theatre Scene and the Mary Goldwater Award from Theatre Lobby of Washington, DC. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays.
Produced works include:
Caesar and Dada – World Premiere in June-July of 2013 at WSC Avant Bard.
Benched – World Premiere in April-May of 2013 at Pinky Swear Productions. (Equity Members Code workshop production, 2011, at The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts)
Hercules in Russia – World Premier in February-March of 2012 at Doorway Arts Ensemble.
The Dancing Princesses – a World Premiere musical for young audiences, produced
at Imagination Stage in the 2009-10 season. Music and lyrics by
Chris Youstra. Winner, DC Theatre Scene's Audience Choice Pick for Best Family Show.
Treadwell: Bright and Dark – commissioned and premiered in 2010 by the American Century Theatre. A drama on the life of 20th century playwright Sophie Treadwell, also featured in Capital Fringe in 2011.
Unleashed! The Secret
Lives of White House Pets – World Premiere for
young audiences at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts, January 30-February 22, 2009. Commissioned by The Kennedy
Center and the White House Historical Association. Children's book based on the play scheduled for publication by Simon and Schuster, January 2011.
Love and Whiskey – Equity Members' Workshop production (in conjunction with Charter
Theatre), February 6-22, 2009.
Radio Free America,
developed through Theatre Alliance’s Pangea Project, 2004
premiered at Charter Theatre Company, 2004
Fur and Other Dangers,
premiered at Source Theatre Company, 2003
premiered at Washington Shakespeare Company, 2002
*Church of the Open Mind,
premiered at Charter Theatre Company, 2002
*Amstel in Tel Aviv,
premiered at Source Theatre Company, 1997
Crash and Burns,
premiered at Church Street Theatre, 1994
Dancing With Ourselves,
premiered at Source Theatre Company, 1993
She is one of the Resident Playwrights in Theatre J's 2013 "Locally Grown" Initiative, and was Resident Playwright in First Draft at Charter Theatre's 2011-12 season. She has written commissioned work, such as a new adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute and a new musical The Vagabond Princesses for the In Series, an original musical Vaudeville for the Washington Jewish Theatre, and two new commissioned works for the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She has also written original multi-media pieces for the classical music company musica aperta, that have been performed at The Embassy of Spain, The Shakespeare Theatre and Strathmore Arts Center. She has written original theatre pieces about Restoration women poets and dramatists that were featured at The National Museum for Women in the Arts. She has also written and collaborated on "Artistic Mash-Ups" in the Washington Theatre Festival.
Allyson is also an actress, and has performed on many stages in
the Washington/Baltimore area, including Arena Stage, Olney Theatre
Center, Signature Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Theatre J, Everyman
Theatre, Rep Stage, American Century Theatre, Washington Shakespeare
Company, Source Theatre Company, Catalyst Theatre, Church Street
Theatre, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre and Charter Theatre.
Allyson has had a varied and diverse teaching career as well. She
has taught acting, history of theatre, play analysis and playwriting at The George Washington University
since 1998, and she is Managing Director of its New Play Festival. Allyson has also taught at St. Mary’s College
(Visiting Professor, Playwriting), Goucher College (Playwriting), Theatre Lab (Playwriting),
Prince George’s Community College (English Composition and
Literature), The American School in Switzerland (Drama), The Bethesda
Academy of Performing Arts (Shakespeare) and The University of Virginia
(Acting). She is the Chair of the National Playwriting Program (Region 2) of the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival.
Allyson received her M.F.A. in directing from The University of Virginia, and her B.A., cum laude, in Theatre and English from Wake Forest University. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, A.F.T.R.A., DC Area Playwrights Group and The Playwrights Forum of Washington, DC.