Kelly AllisonOur Department Chair holds an MFA in Scenography from the University of Minnesota and a BFA from Stephens College. He has extensive professional credits including fourteen seasons with the Utah Shakespearean Festival (including USF's Tony Award-winning season), the Guthrie Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the USA International Ballet Competition, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, 7 Stages, Horizon Theatre Company, Actor's Express, Theatre in the Square, Opera Birmingham, the American Folk Ballet, Southern DanceWorks, Carolina Playwright's Center, the 13th Street Ensemble, and The Alabama Ballet. He has served as a designer or production manager for more than 250 productions.

Through his professional affiliations, Kelly has had the privilege of designing lighting for recording artists Aaron Neville, Judy Collins, Aretha Franklin, Michael Feinstein, Take Six, Chris Botti, Eileen Ivers, and Michael Andrew. He has served as the local Lighting or Production Director for Ben Vereen, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Amy Grant, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and Mikhael Baryshnikov.

Professor Allison has held faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Luther College, and Normandale College. He has also been a guest lecturer at The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and a guest lecturer/lighting designer at the American University in Cairo. His students have won local, regional, and national awards.

Kelly is a regional Stage Management Coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and is a member of the Region 4 KC/ACTF selection team.

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