Allison Bergman, Director (SDC) -- Bio

For more than two decades, Allison Bergman has been directing plays and musicals throughout the country, including many premiere productions and developmental workshops in New York and Los Angeles. She recently joined the Bay Area’s Ragged Wing Ensemble as a visiting artist, and is currently directing her first feature length film, Edith & Harvey, shooting this summer in Los Angeles.

Recent stage directing credits include productions of THE ELEPHANT MAN, SEMINAR, ARCADIA, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, DADDY’S DYIN, THERE GOES THE BRIDE, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, LITTLE WOMEN, DANCING AT LUGHNASA, URINETOWN, THE SUNSHINE BOYS, WMKS: WHERE MUSIC KILLS SORROW and SPIDER’S WEB. Other directing credits include A WONDERFUL LIFE, BARNUM, DRIVING MISS DAISY, LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO, BEAU JEST, COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA (7 Drama-Logue Awards), FORGET HEROSTRATUS!, ORPHEUS, ANGRY HOUSEWIVES, SWEENEY TODD, and THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT... (3 Drama-Logue Awards).

She directed the original productions of THE MIRACLE MUFFIN, UNCLE SAM'S UMBRELLA, THE FIRST BEDROOM, TURTLE TEARS, FOREVER THE OLDEST, MYTH OF PLASTIC MOON, and INSOMNIA. With long-time creative partner Holly Addy, she conceived and staged the musical revues I FEEL A SONG COMIN' ON and SHE WRITES THE SONGS, as well as the children’s opera OPERAMANIA. Both revues were produced in Los Angeles, and the opera aired on educational TV networks nationwide. She has directed numerous developmental workshops of musicals, including THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE, STORMY WEATHER, PABLO, MATES, and THE LITTLE WITCH OF WICHITA. She has also provided dramaturgy for many more, including GENERATION ME, IN THE HANDS OF THE RAVEN, BEACHES, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, DUKE AND THE DUCHESS, JOSEPHINE, BLACKOUT, SHEBA, and ANCIENT CITY – for which she later became the librettist.

Ms. Bergman is the former Artistic Director of Broadway On Sunset and co-founder of The West Coast Musical Theatre Conference. She served on the SDC Los Angeles Advisory Board and the selection committee for the Piedmont Laureate Playwright. She is a recipient of Women In Theatre’s prestigious Outstanding Woman In Theatre Award, a Drama-logue Award for Directing, and a nomination for an Artistic Director Award by the Valley Theatre League. She holds an MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University where she was named the Steven Bochco Scholar, and a BFA in theatre studies/directing from Boston University. She also studied acting, dance and voice at L.A. City College Theatre Academy, American National Academy of Performing Arts, and The Southern California Conservatory of Music.

In tandem with her professional directing career Ms. Bergman is the founder of Step UP - Acting Skills for Business Success, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Step UP utilizes artistic principles to address the needs of business professionals. By offering workshops, group events and private sessions, she shares her expertise in collaborating, communicating and presenting with entrepreneurs and corporate executives nationwide.

Ms. Bergman is also committed to arts education. She is the co-author of ACTING THE SONG, Performance Skills for Musical Theatre, (Allworth Press, 2008) used by many musical theatre training programs as a text book and a teacher’s guide. She has appeared as a guest speaker at several educational theatre conferences, served on the selection committee for The Young Playwrights Institute in New York, and the Capital Awards in Raleigh. She recently held the position of Assistant Director of Theatre and Head of Performance at North Carolina State University, where she taught acting and directing, chaired the curriculum committee and directed University Theatre productions each season.