Allison Grant

Canadian theatre and opera director, teacher, choreographer, and actor, Allison Grant performed at the Stratford Festival, at the Old Vic in London, and in tours and productions across Canada, the United States, and England. She has become increasingly in demand as a director and choreographer of opera in Canada and the United States. Recent directing work includes Hawaii Opera Theatre’s Die Zauberflöte, Le Nozze di Figaro for Sarasota Opera, Die Fledermaus, and Il Barbiere di Seviglia for Edmonton Opera, Falstaff at Hamilton Opera, as well as an acclaimed production of Roméo et Juliette for Vancouver Opera. In past seasons, she has directed The Auction (world premiere: Westben Festival), Die Zauberflöte (Sarasota Opera), Don Giovanni, and Carmen (Opera Ontario), Cosi Fan Tutte (Vancouver Opera), L’Italiana in Algeri (L’Opéra de Montréal), A Meeting of Minds (Canadian Stage, Toronto). As a choreographer, her work has been seen in Pirates of Penzance (Vancouver Opera), The Merry Widow for opera companies in Hawaii, Edmonton, and Hamilton, Die Fledermaus, Ballo in Maschera, and Eugene Onegin (Vancouver Opera, Kentucky Opera), as well as The Queen of Spades, Dido and Aeneas, and Eugene Onegin for The Canadian Opera Company. She has directed or choreographed many revival productions at the Canadian Opera Company, including Semele, which toured to The Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2015. She has enjoyed assisting or choreographing international productions with inspiring directors; Neil Armfield, Kelly Robinson, Ken Cazan, both Christopher and David Alden, Tim Albery, and Joan Font. As Artistic Director of Theatre Athena, Allison directed plays and musicals including Master Class, Private Lives, and the Canadian premiere of Itamar Moses’ brilliant play Bach at Leipzig. This past season, Allison has directed in Sarasota, New York, Edmonton, Honolulu, and Halifax. She looks forward to being home in Toronto for the next few months working 100 young choristers of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company on Dean Burry’s The Hobbit, designed by Julia Tribe. Also upcoming in the summer of 2016: Sondheim’s Company with Music Theatre on the Thames.